ASN Injury Report
A Dozen Injury Updates on U.S.-Eligible Soccer Players
May 03, 2016
John Anthony Brooks missed fourth-placed Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 loss against third-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday due to a shin injury, in a key match-up for an automatic spot for next season’s Champions League. The central defender hasn’t featured for Berlin since its 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the cup semifinal on May 20. Brooks posted this photo of his return to the gym on Wednesday:
Fabian Johnson sat out of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Saturday’s 1-1 draw against league-leaders Bayern Munich after missing training on Wednesday due to a right groin injury.
Eintracht Frankfurt defender Timothy Chandler was back in training on Friday, but he was not in the squad that won Saturday’s Hessen derby 2-1 against Darmstadt. Chandler had missed the previous game against Mainz due to a torn thigh muscle. The Eagles have won two straight matches, greatly helping their push to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.
Joe Gyau stated via social media that he was finally pain-free at the beginning of April—good news for him after a long recovery from a left knee injury. ASN requested more information from Borussia Dortmund but did not receive a response in time for this post.
In Liga MX, Club Tijuana’s Greg Garza came on as a substitute in the U-20 team’s 2-0 win over Puebla’s youth side, picking up his first minutes in eight months. Garza had been sidelined by surgery to his right hip, picked up while on loan with Atlas the season before. “It felt very special to me,” the 24-year-old said after the game. “But the most important thing is to be back with the group. It’s a game of patience, it took a long time to get back on the field but to get back on the field and be one of the players is very special to me.”
Darlington Nagbe logged his first minutes after the ankle sprain inflicted by Nigel de Jong’s heavy tackle last week. The playmaker returned on Wednesday for the Portland Timbers’ 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution, followed by another full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC. The injury forced Nagbe to miss two matches.
For the Revs, Charlie Davies had to be taken of in the 35th minute of the Timbers match due to a right groin injury, and subsequently missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Orlando City. “He’s the one guy on our team that really has that hunger for the goal a little bit ahead of everyone else and it was tough to see him go down,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said after Wednesday’s game. “I’m not sure how bad it is. I have not been able to go in there, but he walked off and his getting treatment right now, so we’ll see if he can turn it around.”
Davies’ injury on Wednesday meant that Juan Agudelo’s return from the hamstring injury that has kept him out for three matches came much sooner than the forward anticipated. “Yeah, it’s tough, especially mentally, when you know that you’ve had a hamstring problem and hamstrings need a good warm-up,” Agudelo said. “But I was able to get my jog in and luckily halftime was there so that I could get a little bit longer warm-up.” Agudelo subbed on in the 70th minute of the Orlando City match and scored the Revs’ second goal of the match.
The Revs have also been without left back Chris Tierney since he picked up a hamstring injury against D.C. United on April 23. New England next faces the Galaxy on Saturday.
Clint Dempsey came on in the 78th minute of the Seattle Sounders’ 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew. The striker was kept out of squad that lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids due to groin tightness.
Los Angeles midfielder Sebastian Lletget returned from a groin injury to play the first 62 minutes of the side’s 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City. The 23-year-old returned to limited training on Wednesday.
Finally, Maurice Edu may still be sidelined with stress fracture in his lower left leg, but he is trying to help the Philadelphia Union any way he can. The team captain has been motivating players and scouting the opposition. The side’s promising start to the season has only left him more motivated to get back on the field.
“The rehab process is out of my control, in terms of how my body heals,” he said on Wednseday. “But I’m doing everything I can and as much as I can, to try to speed that process up, encourage that process, promote that process. And along the way, I’m trying to maintain my head because you know, it can be tough at times. Especially when it’s an injury like this, a bone healing, the timetable can vary. I just try to keep my head, and take things day by day.” Edu should be back as early as under two months, based on the original estimate given in March.
Nick Kariuki is an ASN contributor. Follow him on Twitter.