Los Angeles Football Club have released their injury report ahead of Saturday’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes, and confirming reports this week, two midfielders — Lee Nguyen and Andre Horta — will be out for the match due to injury.
Nguyen, you may recall, was taken off the injury report last week but he ended up sitting out again anyway. Whether he got hurt very late in the week or removing him from the list was some gamesmanship is unclear, but he will miss the third consecutive game, this week due to a calf strain. Truth be told, LAFC’s midfield have soldiered on without him, but has lacked some fluency without him on the field.
Horta is listed as out with a quad strain. He played his first minutes of the season last week after coming off the injury report, so to see him right back on it is kind of a blow. There’s still a lot of season left, but lingering/recurring injuries prevent him from being in consideration week to week, which prevents him from getting into a rhythm with actual game time, and the Designated Player’s progress seems to be stalled for the moment.
Also remaining on the injury report is forward Rodolfo Zelaya, also with a calf strain. The excellent LAFC Season Pass podcast this week said he’s still quite a ways from being ready to make his MLS debut, so don’t expect him for some time yet.
Midfielder Alejandro Guido is listed as questionable with a quad strain, so the youngster could be in line to make his MLS debut, or he may have to wait a little longer.
One of the spots in the midfield against San Jose will almost certainly be taken by Mark-Anthony Kaye, returning from international duty with Canada. The other spot is perhaps up in the air, although Latif Blessing has started the last two games there and could continue his run. We’ll have to wait and see.
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