Slowly, the San Jose Earthquakes are getting healthier.
Yannick Djalo, who hasn’t played since straining his quad back on August 2, could be nearing a return as head coach Mark Watson explained on Wednesday during training.
“He’s getting closer. He started jogging I believe Friday. So, he’s kind of building himself up day by day. So, he’s getting closer. I’d say he’s a week or two away from playing.”
The attacker was nowhere to be found at the team’s training facility, but forward Steven Lenhart was back on the field. Lenhart, who underwent right knee surgery on August 1, was wearing a small brace on his knee and took part in some of the drills. While the Quakes scrimmaged, Lenhart iced his knee on the sideline. According to Watson, Lenhart could be back in the squad within one to two weeks.
Watson is looking forward to having all his attacking options healthy at the same time in the near future.
“When we get everyone back, we’ve got some interesting decisions to make. Tommy [Thompson]’s done really well and we’ve got some really good players that are injured right now that are going to come back into the team.”
Clarence Goodson is also gradually edging toward a return. Watson said that the central defender, who has been out with a left toe injury since July 11, will be in a walking boot for two more weeks and then will need to get ready to play in a game. According to Watson, the ‘best case scenario” would be for Goodson to be back in the lineup by the first week of October.
Listen to the interview with Watson right here: