With a midweek clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place, Los Angeles Football Club fans who have been waiting for the debut of El Salvadorian forward, Rodolfo Zelaya, may have gotten a boost.
After suffering a setback while recovering from an off-season procedure, the injury report released on Tuesday officially upgraded Zelaya to questionable for Wednesday’s match. There had been speculation that he may have been ready for the previous match against FC Cincinnati after he was spotted training off to the side by @lafcbenjamin.
Fito Zelaya training on the side.#LAFC pic.twitter.com/e25qQ8TBBv— Benjamin (@lafcbenjamin) April 12, 2019
While there has been no indication as to whether he has participated in full training, it comes as good news to a forward line that is thin due to a hamstring injury to Adama Diomande against D.C. United on April 6.
For the second week in a row, Lee Nguyen (quad) is listed as questionable for tonight’s match. Initially sidelined with a hamstring after the Portland game, it seems as though he has developed a quad injury during his rehabilitation process. This is fairly common within rehab, as the body will typically compensate by utilizing other musculature to complete the required task (see Rodolfo Zelaya above). However, these compensatory injuries are generally the last 15-20% of rehabilitation process, unless a more severe injury is sustained. Given the importance of the game against Seattle, I wouldn’t expect Nguyen to feature tonight.
In addition to Zelaya and Nguyen, Alejandro Guido (quad) is listed as questionable, with Andre Horta (quad) and Adama Diomande (hamstring) are listed as out. We will be discussing more at length in the coming weeks how we can better understand the information in the injury report (or lack thereof) and what that means for the team.
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