Inter Miami CF forward Robbie Robinson has left the MLS bubble in Orlando and will not participate in the MLS is Back Tournament.
Robinson, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, left the bubble at Lake Buena Vista due to personal reasons. Per MLS Rules, once a player leaves the bubble they must remain out of the bubble until the conclusion of the tournament.
Robinson started in Inter Miami’s first two games of the season before the coronavirus forced the league to shut down and was expected to be healthy for the tournament after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in a match against D.C. United on March 7.
Inter Miami’s coach Diego Alonso expressed his concern with the loss of Robinson, “Without a doubt, this is going to be an important loss for us.”
The starting striker role is up for grabs and it’s expected that either Juan Agudelo or Julian Carranza will fill that void when Inter Miami kicks off against Orlando City on Wednesday Night at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Agudelo, 27, has recorded 46 MLS goals since breaking into the league in 2010. He started a preseason game for Inter Miami and played in the team’s first two games of the regular season. Carranza, 20, scored 11 goals in 48 appearances for Club Atletico Banfield in Argentina.
Agudelo came on to replace Robinson against D.C United in the match where Robinson suffered his injury but Carranza was unavailable at that time due to an injury of his own.
There is a chance that both forwards get starting nods during the group stage of the MLS is Back tournament as the team tries to figure out who will replace Robinson up front.