On the heels of news that Mohamed El-Munir would miss extended time due to a zygomatic arch fracture, Los Angeles Football Club defender Tristan Blackmon has been listed out for the match against reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United on Friday due to a quad strain. Based on his play last week and the diagnosis of quad irritation, there is not much indication that he suffered a substantial injury.
Given the substantial amount of minutes Blackmon has played over the past two months (90 minutes in every game except U.S. Open Cup), this could be an issue of load management for minor knocks. Unless an injury has occurred in training, I would expect to see him back after the MLS All-Star Game, which is next week. Fortunately for LAFC, Steven Beitashour is available after not featuring in the game against the LA Galaxy. Additionally, it seems that Danilo Silva has been upgraded to questionable (nerve irritation) and would be able to provide depth should he be available at right-back.
As an update to our previous report regarding Mohamed El-Munir, it was confirmed that he had sustained a fracture to the zygomatic arch bone, as well as suffering a concussion. Fortunately for El-Munir, the location of the fracture has an excellent prognosis comparatively to a complex zygomatic fracture which can result in complications to eye. Based on the most current post-operative protocols, El-Munir could be able to return (with a protective mask) around 4-6 weeks. Given the amount of time he will take to recover from surgery, he will likely undergo treatment for his concussion within the same time frame.
Official Injury Report:
- M Alejandro Guido- R Quad Strain
- D Danilo Silva- L Nerve Irritation
- D Tristan Blackmon- R Quad Irritation
- M Javier Perez- L ACL Tear
- D Mohamed El-Munir- R Zygomatic Arch Fracture/Concussion
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