July 27, 2011
INJURIES OF THE STARS
Chicharito concussion, Donovan calf strain
HARRISON, NJ---It’s not exactly turning into the Major League Baseball All-Star game, where a bevy of stars didn’t make it to Arizona for the mid-summer classic, but the MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night will be missing stars from both sides.
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan , who was selected to his 11th straight All-Star game, remains in California to nurse a calf strain. Donovan has played in two games since sustaining the injury, half of the World Football Challenge match against Real Madrid and all 90 minutes of the Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew, but he sat out Sunday’s WFC game against Manchester City. He is listed as questionable for the Galaxy’s game in Vancouver this weekend.
New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe, who is guiding the all stars, decided not to replce Donovan when it was learned he would not be making the trip. “We are already at 19 outfield players and I would like to try to get everyone some minutes,” Backe said.
On the other side of the matchup, it looks like Manchester United will be without Mexican sensation Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. The 23-year old suffered a concussion during the team’s training session at Red Bull Arena Tuesday, and spent the night in a New Jersey hospital.
“Chicharito sustained a mild concussion during training last night,” a United spokesperson said on the club website.
“We have taken all the necessary precautions, which included an overnight stay in hospital.
“The manager will give further updates in due course.”