ASN Injury Report
Wondo, Goodson, Gonzalez, Green All Nursing Knocks
The U.S. national team’s 30-man preliminary camp kicks off today and a couple players enter with minor knocks and strains. As usual, Nick Kariuki is on the injury beat for ASN. Keep reading...
Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion in training on Tuesday and as a result missed the Quakes’ scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids last Wednesday. The knock didn’t keep the center back out long and he was able to return for the Dallas win, playing the entire match.
In his full 90 minutes of the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2-1 victory over FC Dallas, Chris Wondolowski collided with Blas Perez and appeared to injure his right shoulder. The striker declined to comment on the injury after the match and trained Wednesday with the national team, so it appears to be a non-issue.
Omar Gonzalez is still recovering from a left knee “tweak” he picked up two weeks ago, but describes it only as a minor setback as he goes into camp. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann had this to say about Gonzalez’s condition on a conference call with reporters on Monday: “By the end of the week he actually should be at 100 percent already. So he'll be just a few days late, which is all right. We'll have him from the beginning of next week going full speed with the group. Thankfully the injury was not that bad and it didn't take him out for much longer. Obviously the first moment we got the information [of the injury], we were a little bit worried."
Previously sidelined with a partially dislocated shoulder, Bayern Munich player Julian Green has been cleared by Klinsmann, who said this: “Julian is completely healthy and training with the second team of Bayern Munich for about a week, I think. We had [U.S. assistant coach] Andy Herzog check on him and [U.S. scout] Matthias Hamann check on him, and we also got it confirmed from the club, from the club doctors. He’s all ready to go, he’s going to come in on Wednesday and obviously he’s very excited.”
Dutch news site Volkskrant reported today that AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has recovered from his ankle injury and should play in the two legs of AZ Alkmaar’s playoff final against Groningen tomorrow and Sunday. The finals are for a Europa league spot and will delay Johannsson's arrival at U.S. camp, something Klinsmann has already green-lit.
Away from the World Cup squad now, San Jose’s Alan Gordon had to be subbed off in the 56th minute of the Dallas match with what appeared to be a hip injury.
Andrew Wooten missed FSV Frankfurt’s season ender, a 2-0 win over league winners FC Koln, because of a left knee injury. The Bundesliga second-division side finished in 13th place. Wooten spent the season on loan from league rivals FC Kaiserslautern, who finished in fourth, just one place shy of the promotion-playoff spot.
Will Bruin missed the Houston Dynamo’s 5-2 loss to Real Salt Lake because of “discomfort in his knee” prior to the match.
Teammate Ricardo Clark played no part in the match as well. He has now missed four league games due to a concussion.
Real Salt Lake’s Chris Schuler did not travel for the same game as a precaution. The defender had an MRI last Wednesday for the bone bruise on his knee picked up against Chicago. “Everything checked out fine” according to coach Jeff Cassar, and Schuler was back in training on Friday.
Danny Williams’ knee injury that has pestered him since the Ukraine friendly kept him from World Cup consideration. Speaking with the club’s website yesterday the midfielder said he is now focused on recovering in time for next season with the Royals, where he finished third in the fans’ player of the season vote.
FC Dallas’ George John should be back on the field soon from his bruised right patella. Speaking with the Dallas News on Friday, coach Oscar Pareja said this about the center back: “I say with George, he’s coming along. We will always be a bit conservative with him in order to have him full. If you ask me in a couple weeks, I think he will be active. We always have that wiggle room to bring him back sooner and earlier. I think it will be a good add to the team since we have not had him since the time that I took over the team.”
Nick Deleon missed D.C. United’s 1-0 win over Philadelphia with a right hamstring injury. United host the Montreal Impact this Saturday.
After one match out with a left hamstring strain Eddie Johnson returned for the first 83 minutes of the Union game. One of the major exclusions from Klinsmann’s 30-man roster, the forward has yet to find the net this season.
Kelyn Rowe returned from his hamstring injuries, subbing on in the 70th minute of the New England Revolution’s 5-0 drubbing of the Seattle Sounders. After the match the 22-year-old midfielder told the press this: “It felt good. Getting 20 minutes in there just running around, get a little bit of game fitness, get back in the flow. I’m a little tired. The fitness needs to be there. I was out 6-7 weeks … not that I’m counting, but seven weeks and one day.”
Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil made the bench but did not play over the weekend. The young midfielder had been sidelined for the past four league games and U-21 national team duty with a left hamstring-groin injury. RSL face the Rapids this Saturday.
Finally, Josh Gatt did an interview with the Molde after the side’s 2-2 draw against Strømsgodset on Sunday. He was upbeat about his bad luck and determined to come back stronger next year.
Nick Kariuki writes both the ASN Injury Report and the MLS Roundup every week. Follow him on Twitter.
May 14, 2014
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