We keep preaching over the massive schedule that FC Dallas faces in the month of May but things appear to be getting off on a rocky start for the club.
When asked about the status of Designated Player Mauro Diaz, the club continues to take a stance that his status is day-to-day with his knee injury.
The club also isn't planning on announcing any further details at the moment to the extent of the injury either. The only thing we'll hear from the club is if the injury ends up being as serious as Kellyn Acosta's injury. But at this time it appears that isn't the case (so some good news right?).
With seven games ahead for FC Dallas this month - including three in seven days beginning on Sunday - the likelihood of seeing Diaz play anytime soon appears slim at best. FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja has already shown this season to reduce minutes for players where he can in order to keep them fresh for the long run.
So who will FCD turn to in the likely case that Diaz sits out the next couple of games?
Enter Homegrown midfielder Danny Garcia. Dallas Soccer News had a great quote from Pareja this morning that shows that Garcia could be the guy to step up and make the most of this moment.
"With Danny, it might be a great moment for him to capitalize on the opportunity that the game presents if it is the case, yes." - Pareja toDallas Soccer News
Another option could be to move Blas Perez into the number 10 role and have David Texeira start up top. We've seen what Perez can do in the middle of the field before and for a game or two it wouldn't be the worst option to have.
There is still time for Diaz to be cleared for Sunday's game with the New York Red Bulls but if I were a betting man, I wouldn't count too much on Diaz being heavily involved in the game. Then again, I love being proved wrong about these sorts of things.