The Montreal Impact will once again be without Didier Drogba.
The former Chelsea star confirmed on his Twitter account that he will miss the first leg of the Impact’s Eastern Conference semifinal on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls due to a back injury.
Drogba has recorded 10 goals and six assists in 22 games for Montreal this season.
However, there has been considerable debate as to whether it is an injury or an argument with Montreal coach Mauro Biello that has kept the 38-year-old out of the lineup.
On Oct. 16, Drogba did not show up to a match against Toronto FC, reportedly after he learned he would not be in the starting lineup for the third game in a row. He was consequently fined by the MLS for being absent without permission.
Italian forward Matteo Mancosu is expected to start against the Red Bulls on Sunday in Drogba’s absence.