Lucking for Sporting fans, there are some obvious replacements. The Daily Wiz goes over some of them:
- Designated player and forward Omar Bravo will almost exclusively play on the left side of the attack, assuming Vermes sticks with some variation of his favored 4-3-3 formation. This also likely means no more Bravo as the "attacking midfielder", either.
- With that, midfielders Graham Zusi and Milos Stojcev are probably the two to beat as attacking midfielder. Bravo's class is far superior, but he is likely unavailable here. So, Zusi probably plays a bit less as a forward now.
The other thing that probably works in Sporting's favor is the fact that Smith had not been a huge part of the team so far this year, anyway. He has missed seven of the team's 13 matches with various injuries and has only started twice, scoring one goal.