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Orlando City to reshuffle Shea as possible Molino replacement

Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath has revealed that Brek Shea is one of the potential candidates to step into the vacancy left by Kevin Molino's injury.

The Trinidad & Tobago international sustained a torn ACL in the weekend's friendly with Brazilian side Ponte Preta and will miss the remainder of the 2015 MLS season.

Molino's absence will force Heath to make some key decisions in the next few weeks but he feels he may have the personnel at his disposal to deal with the loss of the two-time USL Pro MVP.

Heath, as he did on Saturday, is likely to move Eric Avila from the left side of midfield to Molino's right while bringing USA international Shea up from left-back to left wing.

"One good thing is that it is not like Brek hasn't played there before," Heath explained.

"We've never said we will only consider him as a left-back here and he certainly showed enough on Saturday for us to be confident with that option."

Of Molino's injury, Heath said: "He is going to need surgery and he is going to be out for up to nine months, but he has to get it in his mind that he can come back fitter and stronger than before.

"Unfortunately, it is part and parcel of the game, and, as a team, we have to move on."

The Lions, who sit seventh on the Eastern Conference table, host New England Revolution at the Citrus Bowl this weekend.

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