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Javier Hernandez: when is he coming back to play for LA Galaxy?

Javier Hernandez suffered two injuries that kept him off the field for most of the tournament. There was good news with the latest MRI scans, but the leg needs to be strengthened.

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez will remain out for at least one more game with the Los Angeles, as he has not yet recovered from the injury he is suffering in his right calf. The Galaxy informed Friday that Javier Hernandez will not be able to play in this Saturday's match against FC Dallas, which will be the third consecutive match they have played away from their home field and will remain in Los Angeles.

"He will not be in Dallas, he will train in Los Angeles," Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney reported. "There was good news with the last MRIs he had, but the leg needs to be strengthened on the field and therefore he needs more training before he can return to full competition."

In the previous two games of the three-game tour, the Los Angeles, without Javier Hernandez were unable to win as they lost 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps, and on Wednesday they drew 2-2 against Real Salt Lake. "We have quite a few gaps in our soccer that we need to improve, and that in the last game cost us goals. Little details that are making the players have to work harder, like losing the ball in a bad position that hurts you in transition," Vanney explained.

Javier Hernandez, in his second season with the Galaxy, was leading the U.S. Professional Soccer League (MLS) Golden Boot race prior to his injury after scoring 10 goals, until last night when Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz of Seattle Sounders FC scored his 11th goal to become the league's new top scorer.

In addition to Chicharito's injury, the Galaxy are missing four players who are with their respective national teams, including Mexico's Efraín Álvarez and Jonathan dos Santos; Jamaica's Oniel Fischer; and Argentina's American Sebastian Lletget. All three teams have qualified for the quarterfinals of the 16th edition of the 2021 Gold Cup.

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