LA Galaxy star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, eager to get back into the mix, helps keep recent wave going
Barros Schelotto also said midfielder Jonathan dos Santos is on the mend after a hernia operation he underwent in July and is also approaching a comeback, although he may be a little further away. This return could prove to be as important as Hernandez’s, with dos Santos representing one of the team’s most crucial cogs in midfield.
“[Chicharito] is ready. I don’t know how long he can be ready, so we have to check tomorrow, we have to talk to him and then we will decide what to do, “said Barros Schelotto.” But it is on, for the game with San Jose, for the 20 players who [travel] and then we will decide if he will start or [come off] The bench. We will review the training today and we will train tomorrow and decide tomorrow. “
“Jonathan is improving every day, but he’s not 100 percent yet,” he added. “But same with Chicha, we have to check the last practice, then we will decide the day after tomorrow if he is ready to start or to keep him on the bench.”
Regardless of whether the two players are on Sunday or not, the club appear to be on track to see two of their best players return shortly, a potential boost for a Galaxy side that appear to have turned a corner after their debut. unfavorable season. Los Angeles won four straight games before Sunday’s clash with the Quakes and looked much stronger on both sides of the ball than in an erratic performance in Orlando that saw them lose too many goals and often run out of ideas. in attack.
With the squad playing like this, figuring out how to tinker with the roster in order to get his big stars on the pitch could present a challenge for Barros Schelotto, who seems to have found the right mix lately with the players on his squad. disposition. But as midfielder Perry Kitchen pointed out, the intense congestion in the game after the league restart means all hands will have to be on the deck. Recovering Hernandez this weekend, and ideally dos Santos soon after, should only be of help as far as he’s concerned.
“There are some top quality guys who come back from an injury or on the bench too,” Kitchen said. “The next few months it’s going to take everyone. We have 13 games in 7-8 weeks, which is difficult, it’s a lot of games especially with the game day travel. It is going to take everyone. It’s going to take everyone. there are a lot of talent, there are a lot of guys who can contribute and I hope we can keep going. “
“I think we’ve always had the quality, it’s just a matter of putting it in place and I think you’ve seen in recent weeks that we have been able to be lethal in the attack and also defend solidly,” he said. -he adds. “Obviously in the Portland and San Jose games we gave up a few goals, but saying I think the mentality was there and when the other team scored we didn’t lower our heads. , we just said, ‘OK, let’s go, we have to step it up even more. And there was never any doubt that we are going to get a result in these last two games, and I think that is. huge and I think that’s the difference. “