Arena, Juninho optimistic the Brazilian midfielder will be ready for Seattle match

CARSON, Calif. – The status of Juninho remains in question, but the LA Galaxy and the Brazilian midfielder are hopeful that he’ll be available for Sunday’s Western Conference Championship Second Leg against Seattle Sounders FC.

The Brazilian midfielder was substituted after the first half of LA’s 3-0 victory due to a right Achilles issue that was later specified as right Achilles inflammation on the club’s injury report on Tuesday.

Juninho was present for the portion of Galaxy training that was open to the media on Friday, but the Brazilian told reporters that his participation in training was limited, “just run on the field and a couple passes, that’s it.”

“He’s moving along fine,” said head coach Bruce Arena of Juninho’s status. “We think he’ll be available on Sunday.”

Juninho was quick to share the confidence of his coach, stating that he still had time to recover.

“I have time for the game, two more days,” said Juninho. “I hope that I’ll better for the game.”