Injured players still unclear of returns

Mathis, Lewis, Berhalter, Kirovski among LA's long injured list

The Galaxy will have two practice sessions to close out the week, and that
may or may not be enough time for coach Bruce Arena to decide on some of the
injured players’ fates.

The defending Western Conference champs have been carrying several injuries
at the start of the season but some of those players may appear against Houston on Saturday.

“It’s possible," Arena said. "We’ll see. “We have [time] before
we have to make those decisions.”

At Tuesday’s training session, the Galaxy played an 11-on-11 scrimmage.
Injured players such as Clint Mathis, Jovan Kirovski, Alan Gordon and Bryan
Jordan participated without many visible setbacks. None of that quartet has
dressed for any of the Galaxy’s games this season.

Still, participating in a scrimmage is one thing. Playing in a
regular-season match is something else.

“I’m getting there,” Mathis said. “Obviously I’m way behind on fitness
compared to these guys. I’m feeling good. It got to the point where I’ve had
some good days and bad days but I’m starting to get pretty good feeling.”

For Mathis, the desire to play is always there and having had to deal with
injury has been difficult.

“I would like to play as soon as possible, but at the same time, I want to
be smart,” he said. “Right now it’s just up in the air. We’re going to see how
I feel going into this week and go from there and take it game by game.”

Eddie Lewis also hurt himself in the season opener against New England and
didn't dress for last week's match against Chivas USA.

Another player who likely won’t be back soon, however, is Gregg Berhalter.
The Galaxy’s rock-solid central defender from 2009 is slowly recovering from a
knee injury. While the team’s scrimmage was going on, Berhalter did some light
running on the side and left the training session before the practice was over.

Berhalter said he was unsure of when he’d suit up.

“That I don't know," he said. "We're working with the medical
staff, and hopefully I can get back soon. But we don't know the exact
timeframe. I'm running ... that's the first step.”