NYCFC’s Jack Harrison to miss part of preseason

IMAGE, DAVE MARTINEZ FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Jack Harrison missed the MLS Combine due to a groin injury. That same injury, which was downplayed at the time of his selection, is set to sideline him for some of New York City FC’s preseason.

“Of course we’re disappointed for Jack as we know how desperate he is to begin training with his new teammates,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “He is young and we’ll put together a treatment plan that will see him return to training fitter and stronger than ever.”

“We were aware he had a problem, but having monitored and assessed the injury further since he joined us, we’ve found that it will take him longer to return to full fitness than we first anticipated.”

Vieira added that he hopes for Harrison to participate in some of NYCFC’s preseason training but would not put a time frame on when the winger would be able to return to action.

“I’m really enjoying spending time with the guys, the last few weeks have been really exciting,” Harrison said in a club statement. “Injuries happen in football and now I’m focused on working hard and am looking forward to getting back to the training pitch as soon as I can.”

NYCFC acquired Harrison in a draft-day trade with the Chicago Fire after they selected him first overall at the MLS SuperDraft. The club sees him as a promising prospect that can also contribute in 2016. Vieira said Harrison’s injury does not change that outlook.

One point of clarification: while Harrison is listed by the club as a domestic, the English born midfielder will be considered an international signing upon receipt of his visa.