Head coach Pablo Mastroeni has confirmed that Edson Buddle will be sidelined for this Sunday's home game against the Houston Dynamo (TICKETS) after sustaining a minor right groin strain in the 4-1 win over Montreal Impact.
The Rapids striker, still seeking his 100th goal in MLS, limped out of the game after 86 minutes, to be replaced by Danny Mwanga.
"Buddle will be out for a couple of weeks," Mastroeni said. "He won't be available, definitely this weekend, and then it's touch and go to see where he's at, but there's no need - with this (World Cup) break ahead - to force the issue."
Asked how Buddle's absence would affect the make-up of the team, Mastroeni added: "Danny Mwanga can fill in. Dillon Powers can play up there as well. It might look a little bit different, but it won't be anything that we haven't played. It won't be some far-out set-up. It'll be something we're comfortable with and that we've used in the past."
This Sunday, the Rapids meet the Dynamo at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, kick-off 6 p.m. It is the second of three successive home games, to be followed by Chicago Fire (June 4). The side then travels to FC Dallas on June 7 before MLS takes a break for the early stages of the World Cup.