Sporting KC loses Espinoza to ankle injury

Midfielder Roger Espinoza sprained his right ankle late in

Sporting Kansas City’s 1-1 draw at Columbus and is expected to miss

up to a month.

Espinoza hurt his ankle during stoppage time on Sunday. He had

an MRI exam and X-rays in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday that revealed

the extent of the injury.

Sporting KC, which leads the Eastern Conference, plays New York

on Oct. 20 and finishes the regular season Oct. 24 against

Philadelphia. Espinoza is expected to be back for the playoffs.

He will miss Honduras’ World Cup qualifiers against Panama on

Friday and Canada on Oct. 16.