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ASN Injury Report

U.S. - Mexico Clash Led to Multiple American Injuries

Nick Kariuki's weekly ASN Injury Report is longer than usual this week, mostly because Major League Soccer is in full swing and because the U.S. - Mexico contest took a toll on players.
BY Nick Kariuki Posted
April 11, 2014
12:23 PM
  • Julian Green partially dislocated his left shoulder after an awkward fall in his national team debut against Mexico. Green played out the rest of the friendly but was left out of the Bayern Munich II squad that defeated local rivals Bayern Hof 2-0 over the weekend. Bayern press officer Makus Hörwick had this to say to MLSsoccer on Tuesday: "He is doing a little rehab, but mostly he will need to rest for about three weeks."

  • Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran were two more casualties from the national team’s 2-2 draw. Rimando came away from the game with a knee injury while Beltran sprained his ankle. Both Real Salt Lake players were absent from the team’s scoreless draw at Sporting KC.

  • Adding to RSL’s injury woes, Luis Gil was subbed off 55 minutes into the game with an injury in his groin/hamstring area. In his media address, coach Jeff Cassar summed up the awkwardness with a dash of humor: “It's kind of in a weird area. If I describe it, you'd have to bleep me.” Gil and Beltran returned to training on Wednesday but both are doubtful for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia, and so is Rimando.

  • D.C. United’s Bill Hamid also picked up a foot injury during the warmups before the Mexico game. (Was that a cursed friendly or what?) As a result the goalkeeper was not a part of the squad that defeated New England 2-0 on Saturday. The Washington Post reports that Hamid was back in training on Tuesday and is set to return for United’s home game against New York tomorrow.

  • Staying in D.C., Chris Pontius has suffered further setbacks in his recovery from off-season surgery on his hamstring and sciatic nerve. Last Friday the Washington Post reported that Pontius could undergo a procedure to remove the painful scar tissue from the surgery, which will keep Pontius out for a while longer.

  • Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis had to be subbed off right before half time in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to in-state rivals FC Dallas. Davis suffered an ankle injury and trained separately on Tuesday. He posted this encouraging tweet afterward:
  • FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja told the Dallas Morning News yesterday that center back George John is still doing rehab but is on schedule to return in the next couple weeks.

  • After league two games back from injury, Los Angeles Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant had to leave the Galaxy’s 3-0 win over Chivas USA after 75 minutes with a possible abdominal strain. Dunivant underwent a scan on Monday, which confirmed that he strained an abdominal muscle. The left back will definitely not be available for tomorrow’s match against Vancouver.

  • Michael Bradley was added to Toronto FC’s injury list on Tuesday. Head coach Ryan Nelson described Bradley’s condition as having “a lot of fatigue injuries from all the travel and games.”

  • Brad Evans’ calf contusion kept him out of the exciting 4-4 tie between Seattle and Portland on Saturday. Evans looks likely to miss a fourth Sounders game this weekend, with head coach Sigi Schmid saying this yesterday: “Brad is coming along slowly. I don’t know if there’s enough there yet for him to play this weekend. But we think the next weekend he should be on.”

  • Last Thursday the San Jose Earthquakes announced that Steven Lenhart’s sprained MCL in his left knee will rule him out for at least four weeks. Coach Mark Watson was optimistic that the team can cope without the 27-year-old forward, saying this: "We'll miss him, but as always with injuries it gives guys an opportunity."

  • Michael Orozco had to be subbed off with a leg injury in Puebla’s 0-0 draw against Atlas on Saturday. Reports indicate a hamstring injury.

  • Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron only managed to play the first half of the Potters’ 3-0 loss to Chelsea, subbing off with what appeared to be a lower-body injury.

  • Despite putting in a 90-minute, goal-scoring performance over the weekend, Danny Williams suffered a reoccurrence of his recent knee injury and was forced to miss Reading’s 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

  • Sheffield Wednesday’s Oguchi Onyewu did not make the squad for Tuesday’s 3-3 draw against Nottingham Forest. The veteran center back pulled a muscle rib muscle in the Owls’ previous game, a 2-1 loss to promotion-bound Leicester City. Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Onyewu described the injury as “not serious” and only likely to keep him out of training for a week.

  • Now for the good news. At Birmingham City, Will Packwood is over his hamstring injury but has not come off the bench in the Blues’ last two games. Birmingham next travel to Nottingham Forest on April 19.

  • For the New England Revolution, Kelyn Rowe remained sidelined with hamstring tightness but did post this on game-day:
  • Sheanon Williams came on as a second half substitute for the Philadelphia Union’s 2-2 draw against Chicago. Out since the preseason with a quad injury, Saturday’s game was Williams’ first appearance this season.

  • While CJ Sapong is not yet back in training from his neck and back injury, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes told the Kansas City Star yesterday that he is recovering well.

  • Union teammate Austin Berry has also returned to from his strained hamstring but remained on the bench for the clash against his former employers. Teammate Aaron Wheeler’s good form has made Berry’s return less straightforward, but the 2012 Rookie of the Year seems more focused on his recovery. "I've felt 100 percent the past couple of days," Berry told the Chicago Tribune before the game. "But if you rush a hamstring injury you're kind of dealing with the whole year. … If I'm called on I'll be ready to go."

  • Finally, Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden was on ESPN FC last Thursday and told the show that his rehab is going well and he has started his physical therapy. Holden tweeted this the same day: Nick Kariuki writes his ASN Injury Report every week. Follow him on Twitter.
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