Minnesota United’s top two attackers are expected to return from injury against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, but two Loons central midfielders are now on the injury list.

Top scorer Robin Lod and primary distributor Emanuel Reynoso will be reintroduced at some stage versus K.C. at Children’s Mercy Park, manager Adrian Heath said Tuesday. Both players participated in the rondo (keep-away) drills during Tuesday’s training session in Blaine, the best sign in a lighter training session that they are close to coming back.

“I think it might be bit early for starting, but we would certainly hope to give them some minutes — which will be a big positive for us because they are two big players for us,” Heath said.

The addition of Lod and Reynoso should boost to a stagnant attack. Minnesota (8-7-7) lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders on Saturday — the Loons’ third scoreless game in their past five.

On the other side, two midfielders are out: Hassani Dotson and Jan Gregus. Dotson has an issue with his knee coming out of the Sounders game, but Heath said the club is hopeful he will be available against L.A. Galaxy at Allianz Field on Saturday. Gregus had a foot injury in the 1-1 tie with San Jose on Aug. 17 and it has continued to nag him.

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These new absences come on top of captain Ozzie Alonso being suspended Wednesday because of card accumulation. Wil Trapp and Jacori Hayes are projected to be in the starting midfield against second-place Sporting (12-5-7).

Staff change

The Loons have parted ways with Damian Roden, the club’s Senior Director of Sports Science. United has had a series of injuries tied to training recently, and on top of Roden’s departure last week, the club has been looking at adjusting some of their practice routines. Roden, previously with the Wales national team and the Seattle Sounders, was hired in March.


Left back Chase Gasper also is suspended for Wednesday game due to card accumulation. DJ Taylor is expected to step in for his seventh appearance in his first MLS season. … Homegrown forward Patrick Weah is headed out on loan with Sacramento Republic. The 17-year-old has played 20 minutes in two MLS games this season and also had a training stint with Real Betis in Spain but needs regular playing time. He will join Loons 2021 first-round draft pick Nabi Kibunguchy at the USL Championship team. … Niko Hansen (groin), Juan Agudelo (thigh) are improving in their rehabs and could contribute next week, Heath said.