Montreal Impact’s Pita Laba on injured left hamstring, expected to miss game

Montreal Impact forward Pita Lietaer has a sore left hamstring and won’t play in Saturday’s home game against the New York Red Bulls, according to head coach Marco Schallibaum. 

Lietaer, who scored a brace in the Impact’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday, left the game early in the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union. 

The Impact (10-11-7) have lost five straight games, including a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Lieter scored the only goal in the win. 

Schallibaom said Lietera is expected to be available for Saturday’s match against the Red Bulls. 

“It’s still very early in this process,” Schallibi said.

“We don’t know where he is at right now.

He’s not 100 percent yet.

He can’t be 100 percent right now.” 

Lutera is not considered a match-up for the Red Bull, who lost 3-0 to New York on Saturday, and will be without center back Ambroise Oyongo. 

Midfielder Julian de Guzman is out for Sunday’s game with a groin injury. 

Goalkeeper Joao Plata was a late scratch after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday night’s game. 

Defender Sebastian Le Toux also was sidelined with an ankle problem. 

There is also concern that striker Julian de Jesus, who was unavailable for the first time in four matches because of a hamstring injury, will not play again this weekend. 

After scoring the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC last Saturday, de Jesus will start against the Impact. 

He has not played since April 27 due to a hamstring strain. 

New York City FC will open the season with a three-game homestand on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.