Los Angeles FC manager Bob Bradley says Carlos Vela may miss the upcoming MLS All-Star match due to a quad injury.
The Mexico international has been struggling with the issue all season, being withdrawn early on a number of occasions and failing to find the sort of form which has lit up the league in recent years.
Vela was most recently subbed out just 16 minutes into LAFC’s 2-1 defeat away at the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday – the Black and Gold’s fourth consecutive loss and seventh straight game without a win.
“Carlos’ quad has bothered him throughout this season,” Bradley told reporters after the match. “We were very cautious. Even when it happened [earlier in the season] against Austin.
“He’s worked hard to try to get to the point where it’s all there. But tonight, when he sprints early in the game he feels it again. So for me, in this particular case, it’s just a lingering quad injury that has hampered him throughout the season.”
The injury comes just days before Vela was due to represent MLS against Liga MX in the upcoming All-Star match in Los Angeles. His involvement in that match, and El Trafico, has now been called into question with Bradley unable to give a clear answer regarding his fitness at this point.
“I don’t know at this point what that will mean for the All-Star game or El Trafico next week,” Bradley added. “We’ll need to assess it and then we’ll have a better answer maybe by tomorrow or Monday.”
The Black and Gold’s poor run has seen them slump to ninth in the West, three points adrift of the final playoff spot.