Andrew Jacobson could return this week, Ricardo Villar’s remains uncertain

April, 24, 2012
Andrew Jacobson didn’t travel with FC Dallas over the weekend due to a right hamstring strain, but A.J. did go through a full session on Monday and could possibly return this week, as FCD hosts Real Salt Lake on Wednesday before traveling to Los Angeles on Saturday.

“He looks really quite good today [Monday],” Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I had him in an exercise and he didn’t have any issues with it. It tightens up a little bit with him when he’s running longer distance, which is still a sign that it’s not 100 percent. When it doesn’t tighten up, then it’s natural. So we’ve got to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he is. He may be a player that we won’t be able to get the full 90 out of, but can get him on the field.”

Jacobson, who led FCD in assists in 2011 with five, had started the first six games before suffering his current injury in the first half of a 2-1 win over Montreal last Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.

Fellow midfielder Ricardo Villar continues to be out with a left foot strain and his status remains up in the air.

“Ricardo was hoping that he’d be ready to go. I don’t think he’s going to make this Real Salt Lake game but I think he’s probably again 70 percent,” Hyndman said. “I think he’s capable of playing. It all depends on our needs but we may want to be a little bit safe with the approach.”

Villar currently ranks second on the club with two goals, an impressive total considering the Brazilian playmaker has missed the last few games after suffering a foot injury in the first half of a 1-0 win over New England back on April 5.



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