Raul Ruidiaz received some good news on Sunday, when he was one of two Sounders players -- along with Jordan Morris -- to make the roster for the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. However, he may well be wondering if he will even be able to take part in the event, which is set for Aug. 10 at Allianz Field in Minnesota.
This is because Ruidiaz was injured during Saturday's home game versus the Portland Timbers, which the Sounders went on to lose 3-0. Making the matter more worrisome, it appeared to be a recurrence of the hamstring issue which previously forced him to miss playing time this season.
As per Jeremiah Oshan of Sounder at Heart, Ruidiaz was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, to give some idea of how long he will be out for. All we know at this stage, is the striker will definitely miss at least the next two games, away to Nashville and Chicago respectively.
To give some idea of how much of an issue injuries have been for the 31-year-old this season, consider that he has so far missed half of the Sounders' 18 MLS fixtures. As such, it is important he gets the appropriate treatment and rest, even if this means being extra cautious with him.
There is no doubting how important Ruidiaz is to the Sounders, as one of the most prolific goalscorers in MLS. When he's actually been fit this season he's still as productive as ever, with five goals -- tied for the team lead -- and one assist in his nine league appearances, which includes seven starts.
Ruiadiaz is already ranked second all-time in Sounders history for goals scored in all competitions. He also holds the club record for most postseason goals, while scoring twice in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final to help clinch victory.
While the Peru international is out, there is the question of who will replace him in the starting line-up? Likely candidates include Fredy Montero and Will Bruin, who have two league goals apiece so far this season.