After Olman Vargas smashed his elbow into the back of Pablo Mastroeni's head in the Colorado Rapids' game against the Columbus Crew, worries came out quickly about Pablo's head. He had suffered a bad concussion last season during a game against Real Salt Lake, an injury that knocked him out - literally! - of the playoffs and kept him out of commission for a good chunk of the offseason as well.
Unfortunately, since playing the Philadelphia Union in his last match Pablo has started to get headaches again.
Head injuries are obviously no laughing matter and so the Rapids are keeping caution with Pablo as the New York Red Bulls game approaches this Sunday. If he isn't feeling 100%, coach Oscar Pareja might play it safe and keep the captain out of the lineup for fear of another, more serious injury.
With Jeff Larentowicz also missing a game due to a red card suspension, the Rapids could be without both of their star defensive midfielders on Sunday. Pablo hasn't yet been ruled out and MLS testing determined that he doesn't have a concussion, so there's still a chance that Mastroeni will suit up come the Red Bulls game.