FC Cincinnati will be without the services of goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer this weekend due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, a team official confirmed Wednesday.
Vermeer, FC Cincinnati's regular starting goalkeeper, won't be available for Saturday's match against Toronto FC at TQL Stadium as a result of the protocol designation.
Being ruled out for health and safety protocols isn't necessarily an indication of a positive test.
According to a team news release, the reasons can for entering protocols can include "quarantine due to participating in high-risk behavior, quarantine related to being a high-risk close contact, pending COVID-19 test results, an inconclusive COVID-19 test result, a positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19, other illness not related to COVID-19."
The confirmation of Vermeer missing the upcoming match came a day after FC Cincinnati rescheduled Tuesday morning's training session for Wednesday, which was originally scheduled to be an off day.
A positive test result resulted in the scheduling change. The team didn't provide further information on the test, and it isn't publicly known if any players tested positive.
Vermeer is the third FC Cincinnati player to enter health and safety protocols in the last week. Chris Duvall and Caleb Stanko also received the designation and were unavailable for Saturday's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami CF.
Two additional players – the newly-acquired Kyle Scott and Edgar Castillo – battled non-COVID-19-related illness last week, respectively, and were also ruled out from the Miami game.
On Monday, Scott and Castillo were jogging away from the rest of the team during a portion of the training session open to media members.
By Wednesday, Scott and Castillo were seen warming up with their teammates during a full-team session.
In Vermeer's absence, Przemysław Tytoń would likely start for FC Cincinnati against Toronto.
Tytoń opened the season as FCC's starter but has served as a backup since Vermeer was signed off waivers April 30. Tytoń has appeared in five matches this season, starting four times.
Vermeer started all 16 of the games he's played in so far in 2021.