Trinidad and Tobago footballer Kevin Molino will be sidelined for approximately six-eight weeks by a recurring hamstring injury, according to a media release from his American MLS (Major League Soccer) club Columbus Crew SC.
Molino joined Columbus Crew on January 7 as a free agent, after spending six seasons with another MLS team, Minnesota United.
The 31-year-old midfielder missed TT's two 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone First Round Group F qualifiers, against Guyana (March 25) and Puerto Rico (March 28), owing to his injury, which he suffered a month ago during pre-season training with Columbus Crew.
He will be in a race to regain full fitness ahead of TT's next pair of World Cup qualifiers, versus Bahamas (June 5) and St Kitts/Nevis (June 8).
St Kitts/Nevis are atop the group with six points, followed by TT (four), Puerto Rico (one), Guyana and Bahamas (zero each).
Molino has had to deal with a pair of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries while in the MLS. While at Orlando City SC, he suffered an ACL tear on his right knee on May 2, 2015 which forced him to miss most of that season. And in March 2018, after joining Minnesota, he tore his ACL on his left knee during a MLS match against his former club Orlando City, which resulted in a 13-month long layoff.