Yannick Djalo has been a game changer for the San Jose Earthquakes. That is, when he’s been healthy enough to remain in the game.
“We’ve had quite a whirlwind with Yannick with his injuries,” said head coach Mark Watson. “He tends to have little injuries and recovers quite quickly.”
Most recently, the winger exited the club’s 3-2 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 2 after just 14 minutes. Djalo’s groin injury also kept him off the field during the Quakes’ scoreless draw against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
It’s possible that Djalo will be recovered in time for tonight’s game against FC Dallas, the team’s third in just eight days, as Watson explained.
“We hope that he progresses to the point where he can be involved on Saturday. We don’t want to rush him back, although we want him on the pitch because he’s a good player. But we want to make sure we get him healthy and he can have a good season and play minutes, and not have these little recurring injuries.”
Unfortunately, recurring injuries have been a defining characteristic for Djalo, who has played just 133 minutes across five games with the Quakes. Before arriving on loan in San Jose, the 27-year-old had appeared in more than 17 games once in seven seasons.