Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is finally set to return to action for the LA Galaxy after 12 games on the sidelines with a calf problem, Greg Vanney has confirmed.
The Mexican striker has scored 10 goals in just 10 MLS appearances so far this season but hasn’t featured for the Galaxy since netting a brace in their Cali Clasico win over the San Jose Earthquakes back on June 26th.
The Galaxy have won just four games since then so the return of Chicharito – who was also forced out of the recent MLS All-Star game – for this weekend’s clash against the high-flying Colorado Rapids will be a welcome one. Especially considering no other individual Galaxy player has scored more than five goals in 2021 so far.
“He’s doing great,” Vanney said (via MLSsoccer.com). “Part of him not being part of the All-Star and LAFC was to give him that time to recover. He’s trained all week with the group and he’s done well.
“[He] feels good, looks good, so he’ll be available this week and we’ll try to work together with him and make sure we create the right loads and schedule to get through this really busy week. But we want to see as much of him as we can without putting him in a tough situation. But he’ll be ready to go.”
Despite his long absence, Chicharito remains just four goals behind leader Raul Ruidiaz in the Golden Boot race, with plenty of time to catch the Peruvian if he stays fit.
This is the second time the Galaxy have faced Colorado in less than a month, with the Rapids emerging 2-1 victors back in August – the start of a current three-game winless streak for LA.
Vanney’s men currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, five points adrift of this weekend’s opponents who are second with a game in hand.