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Jordan Allen subbed in first half of Real Monarchs win for apparent injury

The 21-year-old midfielder is having a stop-start 2017.

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Jordan Allen’s road to recovery from an injury suffered in only the second match of the season might be a little longer yet, after the winger suffered an apparent injury in Saturday’s Real Monarchs match.

Contact in the 41st minute, when Allen went to ground to protect a ball, saw him down for an extended period. A trainer did come on and attend to him, and he was seen grabbing the back of his thigh. We’re not really in the business of diagnosing injuries, so there won’t be any of that here.

Allen didn’t return to the match after walking off the pitch, but he did walk off under his own power and without too much trouble, so here’s hoping this was merely a cautionary substitution from Monarchs coach Mark Briggs.

A foul in the 34th minute — the foul that produced the first penalty on the night awarded to Real Monarchs — saw Allen rubbing his leg, but that didn’t seem to slow him down too much.

An injury to Allen wouldn’t be devastating now, but Real Salt Lake might find life difficult if he remains unavailable during the U-20 World Cup, the roster for which right winger Brooks Lennon is nearly certain to make.

Allen hasn’t played for Real Salt Lake since the team lost 2-0 to Chicago Fire. He started and played only 26 minutes in that match before suffering an injury.

Sunny played 72 minutes for Real Monarchs before being substituted — there seemed to be no injury concern there. Jose Hernandez played all 90 minutes without issue.