With the dog days of summer just around the corner, this week’s injury report continues to see Los Angeles Football Club return to full health. The past few weeks have brought about mounting frustration, as opponents adjust to the way LAFC plays. Fortunately, key players are slowly making their way back to full fitness in order to provide both depth and solutions to help the team moving forward.
As of today, there are currently no players listed as out, as defender Danilo Silva and midfielders Alejandro Guido and Javi Perez have been upgraded to questionable. Given that Steven Beitashour has had his own set of injury issues throughout the season, Silva can provide added depth throughout the defense. While we have yet to truly see what Perez and Guido can bring to the table, their ability to provide depth during U.S. Open Cup competition is critical to sustaining fitness throughout the season.
Last weekend’s match against the Chicago Fire saw the much-needed return of Adama Diomande to the matchday squad. Given his importance to the team’s long-term success, the training staff will continue to work him back slowly over the coming weeks. With muscle injuries, the medical and training staff will be looking to address the acute injury, as well as any other underlying muscle imbalances which predispose the athlete to strains. While specific treatments can have a player ready for a single game, a broader-scale approach will be used to ensure he is at peak performance when the stakes begin to rise.
For the Crew, they will be without defender Harrison Afful, who broke his jaw at the beginning of April. Formerly the team’s starting right back, he had been a key part to Caleb Porter’s offense, as the fullbacks are pushed up high in possession. Replacing him in the lineup has been Hector Jimenez, who found himself on the score sheet against the LA Galaxy.
With the season being long and grueling, it is critical that LAFC continue to work their way back to full fitness. Whether it be the heat of the summer or U.S. Open Cup games, rotation will be critical to keeping players fresh for the final push for the Supporter’s Shield and MLS Cup.
Injury report (all questionable):
- D Danilo Silva - R Hamstring Strain
- M Alejandro Guido - R Quad Strain
- M Javi Pérez - Groin Strain
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