Javier Hernandez

Chicharito reveals he is 'very close' to making return from injury

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Hernandez has been missed by LA Galaxy
Hernandez has been missed by LA Galaxy / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has said that he is 'very close' to returning from a calf injury that has kept him sidelined this summer. 

The LA Galaxy forward enjoyed an electric start to the season, netting 10 goals in his first 10 games, before picking up an injury near the end of his side’s 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes. 

He has been sidelined ever since and his injury has affected Galaxy’s results, with the franchise picking up just four wins without Chicharito. 

Speaking as a guest on FS1 before the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, the former Manchester United man revealed that he should be returning to the side soon. 

“Soon, soon,” he said, as quoted by MLS' website. “It’s been a very difficult injury because I had an injury last year in a very close spot on my calf and we were struggling a little bit. But we need to take it very [cautious] as well. But I’m very close.”

Despite their patchy form since Chicharito's injury, Galaxy are still well placed in the Playoff picture. They currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, 11 points clear of eighth-placed Portland Timbers. 

Chicharito went on to reveal that he is confident of achieving big things with Galaxy upon his return. 

“It’s the owners and ourselves, we all took responsibility to take LA Galaxy [forward],” he said. “It’s the biggest club in MLS and we want to prove that this year and the next months to come.”

Chicharito's injury will keep him out of the MLS All-Star game. The cream of the crop in the league are set to square off against the best of Liga MX in Los Angeles, in a showpiece event that was postponed last year. 

LAFC star Carlos Vela is also missing the clash, meaning MLS top scorer Raul Ruidiaz should start up front.