With a congested schedule to start the second half of the season, Los Angeles Football Club were dealt a blow when defender Danilo Silva was listed as out with hamstring soreness in the latest injury report. This comes at an unfortunate time for LAFC’s back line, as they are already missing Walker Zimmerman to international duty. This is not the first time Silva has had issues with his hamstring, having missed time in late April/early May with a similar injury.
A diagnosis of a hamstring generally indicates tearing to at least one of three posterior thigh muscles as shown above. In the case of Silva, what is likely occurring is an overload of the uninjured muscle(s) while in the process of recovering from his previous injury. The potential for this to occur is even more evident when you consider he has played the full 90 minutes in the past two games after not having featured since mid-April. With five games upcoming in the next two weeks, and Zimmerman potentially gone for all of those games, if it isn’t too serious this could be a case of load management.
Fortunately for LAFC, it will not be all June gloom as Steven Beitashour was officially removed from the injury report after missing the past four games as he recovered from a hamstring strain. With Beitashour’s return, there is potential for Tristan Blackmon to move inside to center-back in the absence of Silva, as he had been training in that position through the early parts of the season.
Barring any potential early exits from their Gold Cup competitors, the depth of the LAFC will be tested during this congested run of fixtures. However, I am confident that the rehabilitation/training/coaching staff have mapped out a plan to prepare the team accordingly.
Official Injury Report:
- M Alejandro Guido- R Quad Strain
- D Danilo Silva- L Hamstring Soreness
- M Javier Perez- L ACL Tear
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