Just one game after being suspended for what Columbus Crew SC thought was a controversial red card, center-back Jonathan Mensah was not able to go the full 90 in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers.
Jonathan was on the receiving end of a late tackle by Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri. The Portland player received a yellow card, but the defender remained on the ground and examined by Columbus’ training staff before being helped to the bench.
On Monday, head coach Gregg Berhalter said Jonathan received an MRI during practice and was awaiting results. On Tuesday, Berhalter provided an update on the center back.
“He has a slight hamstring strain,” he said said of Jonathan. “So we’re going to see where he is. If he can get on the field tomorrow and Thursday, Friday and see if he can be available.”
Mensah was not on the field with the rest of his team when media members were permitted inside the EAS Training Center. According to the head coach, Jonathan did not take part in training today, but rode the stationary bike off to the side during the session.
While it will be a wait-and-see approach with Jonathan the rest of the week, Berhalter said there is a chance the defender could be ready for Saturday when talented forward Cyle Larin and Orlando City SC visit MAPFRE Stadium.
If he cannot go, the Black & Gold will likely turn to rookie center-back Alex Crognale. The Homegrown product started the 2-0 win over D.C. United two weeks ago while Jonathan was suspended and was the substitute that replaced him in the 73rd minute against Portland.
Although it’s only been a little over one match of playing time, Crognale, who played four season at Maryland, looks to be a reliable option along the back line, using his size and physicality to battle with the bigger center backs, similar to Mensah.
Crew SC is off on Wednesday, but returns to the training ground Thursday and Friday. Massive Report will provide updates on Jonathan throughout the week and leading up to the weekend’s match.