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LA Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini out vs. New York City FC

Influential Galaxy attacker suffered a right hamstring strain vs. the Timbers

MLS: Portland Timbers at Los Angeles Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Romain Alessandrini will be out for Saturday’s match at Yankee Stadium vs. NYC FC, as the DP has been ruled out with a right hamstring injury strain.

Around the hour mark of Sunday’s victory over the Timbers, the Galaxy attacker who up until that point had an impressive match was impeded by Marco Farfan on the break and pulled up clutching the back of his right leg.

He has a little bit of a hamstring strain,” head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters. “He went back to the doctor today, so we’ll have a better idea what the long-term prognosis is. It looks like he’s not available for New York, but there is a good chance that he’ll be available for Vancouver.”

Alessandrini is one of two Galaxy players currently on the mend with Chris Pontius also dealing with a knock suffered during the match against Portland. Schmid confirmed that the 30-year-old midfielder would be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against New York City FC.

With the season still in its infancy, Schmid believes it’s essential not to push his players to assure his team is healthy for the long haul.

“This early in the season, we don’t want to put our guys into [too much stress]. It’s the same with some of our other guys at training,” Schmid said. “We pulled Ema out early because he felt a little sore. We want to make sure that no one is getting in danger of injuring themselves.”