SAN DIEGO – LA Galaxy will not have its forward Jose Villarreal for Saturday’s game against Dallas.
The 21-year-old player is still unable to play due to a right knee surgery. The injury happened during the first half of the friendly match between LA Galaxy and Club America a month ago.
Villarreal is already back to training, but not at full. After the training session on Tuesday, LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said he wound’t count on Villarreal playing on Saturday.
Despite the having his knee scoped just a month ago, the Californian player believes we will be back very soon.
[quote_box_center]”I’m recovering pretty well. There’s no pain up until this point, it’s just about getting my fitness up,” said Villarreal. “This weekend is too soon. I feel fine but I don’t want to push it. We’ve got Champions League coming up so maybe I’ll get a game there or with [Galaxy II].[/quote_box_center]
This will be the fifth consecutive match that he will miss after the knee injury. The LA Galaxy has recently been boosting their roster with new acquisitions and it is likely that Villarreal will be on the bench until he is 100% again.
Villarreal was born in Inglewood, California, and made his debut with the Galaxy in 2012, playing for the entire 90 minutes against Portland Timbers on July 15th, subbing in for Robbie Keane. On July 18th he scored his first goal with LA Galaxy. In 2013, Villarreal went on a loan to Mexican club Cruz Azul for a year. Villarreal has also played for the U.S. U-18 and U-23.