NYCFC Notes: Injury updates, International Roundup

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Of New York City FC’s injured players, Maxime Chanot and Steven Mendoza have the best chance of making the matchday roster for Sunday’s match at D.C. United.

Chanot suffered a herniated disk and has been out of the lineup since Sept. 17. He trained Tuesday. Chanot was upbeat and suggested that he was days away from returning to full fitness.

Mendoza sat out most of Tuesday’s session but head coach Patrick Vieira said that was more a result of him returning to New York earlier that day after having a couple of days off. Mendoza injured his hamstring before the international break and did not travel with NYCFC for their friendly against Club Necaxa. Vieira said he expected Mendoza to join full training this week.

Frank Lampard has been doing more conditioning work this week, according to Vieira. Lampard’s previous calf injury showed that the recovery process is tricky but barring any setbacks, Vieira said he hoped Lampard would also return to training.

International Roundup

A fairly light slate of international matches this window with only three NYCFC players called up by their national teams. Defender Jason Hernandez played 90 minutes and 120 minutes for Puerto Rico in their two Caribbean Cup qualifying losses. Ronald Matarrita played 75 minutes for Costa Rica in their 4–3 win against Russia.

Tony Taylor was called up by the Panamanian National Team for the first time but was ineligible to appear in their friendly against Mexico after failing to receive clearance from FIFA. Taylor will complete his one-time switch and his coach said Taylor has already earned a call-up for next month’s World Cup Qualifiers.