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Javier Hernandez exits MLS is Back Tournament after calf injury

Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed that Javier Hernandez has returned to Los Angeles after sustaining a calf injury during a first-team training session last week.

The Mexico international made the move to the Major League Soccer side from Sevilla in January, but he has since managed only three appearances for the club amid the unexpected coronavirus outbreak.

Hernandez was recently on the scoresheet during the club’s 2-1 defeat to Portland Timbers in the opening group stage game of the MLS is Back Tournament this month.

However, he sat out the El Trafico derby against Los Angeles FC at the weekend where his team were convincingly beaten by a 6-2 scoreline despite going 2-1 up at the 30th-minute mark.

In an official statement, the California-based giants have now confirmed that Hernandez has returned to Los Angeles with the view to recovering from the calf problem picked up in training.

No timescale for his comeback was mentioned on the club’s website, but manager Barros Schelotto has recently revealed that the former Manchester United star would need three or four weeks to overcome the injury.

Galaxy have remained winless since the start of 2020. They picked up just one point from their two regular season games before the coronavirus shutdown in March. Their fortunes have been quite similar at the MLS is Back Tournament with successive defeats.

They are scheduled to face third-placed Houston Dynamo in the final group stage game on Thursday night and they must win the match with a big margin to have any chance of progressing to the round of 16 phase.

The top-two teams from the six groups automatically qualify for the last 16 of the tournament held at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Orlando. Meanwhile, four of the best third-ranked sides will also join them.

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