ASN Injury Report
Fabian, Darlington, and Jozy Are Rehabbing in a Hurry
March 25, 2016
FABIAN JOHNSON picked up a groin injury and had to be subbed off in Borrussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 loss to Schalke last Friday. Johnson remains on the U.S. roster, though has been training separately from the rest of the squad.
Darlington Nagbe’s ankle was on the wrong end of a Juan Manuel Martinez tackle in the dying minutes of the Portland Timber’s 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake Saturday—a play that earned “El Burrito” a one-game suspension. Nagbe was restricted to the weights on Monday but resumed training on Tuesday.
Jozy Altidore subbed on in the 77th minute of Toronto FC’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, his first minutes after picking up a hamstring injury in the preseason. Jurgen Klinsmann ruled the striker available for Friday’s game, according to ESPN.
The U.S. manager also confirmed that Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic will join the national team for the second match in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday—if he recovers from his current illness. American Soccer Now procured Alejandro Bedoya’s thoughts on the 17-year-old’s rise on Monday.
Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers was dropped from the U-23 squad preparing to face Colombia due to a persistent back problem that will rule him out for the rest of the season.
Werder Bremen’s Aron Jóhansson is also out for the season, general manager Thomas Eichin told Bild on Thursday. The striker developed a nerve irritation in his right hip that required surgery in September. He returned to the field in February, but has remained in individual training. “Of course the situation is frustrating for me because the injury has not got better as quickly as we had all hoped,” Jóhannsson said. “That is not easy, but I am trying my best and am remaining positive for the future.” No concrete return date has been set but the hope is that he’ll be back by July to prepare for the new season.
Also in the Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales returned from a five-week groin injury to sub in at the 75-minute mark of FC Ingolstadt’s 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin.
One division down, RB Leipzig’s Terrence Boyd had this rehab update on Monday:
Coming back from a knee injury that has meant 16 months out and three surgeries for Boyd, it’s good to read his Thursday Tweet that he’s now “training until water tastes like the best drink ever.”
In Liga MX, Tijuana's Greg Garza and Alejandro Guido were both back on the field training on Tuesday, with Garza doing some exercises with the ball and Guido working on movement, according to AGP Deportes.
Returning to Major League Soccer, Brad Evan’s left shoulder injury kept him out of the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told The News Tribune last week that Evans should be back after the bye week to face the Montreal Impact. The team captain posted his progress on Instagram.
Benny Feilhaber missed SKC’s win due to a strain in the right side of his abdomen picked up in the preseason. Kansas City face Real Salt Lake next on April 2.
Charlie Davies returned to training on Thursday after missing the New England Revoltuion’s 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union because of a mild hamstring strain he picked up against D.C. United the week before—and the birth of his twin sons, Rhys and Dakota.
Alan Gordon returned from his neck injury, subbing on for the Los Angeles Galaxy in its 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
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