LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, June 21, 2023) – The LA Galaxy today announced that the club has placed forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández on the Season-Ending Injury List. Hernández will miss the remainder of the 2023 campaign after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during the club’s 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal match against Real Salt Lake on June 7. He will undergo surgery on a date to be determined to begin the rehabilitation process.
Additionally, the LA Galaxy announced the short-term loan of forward Aaron Bibout, 18, from MLS NEXT Pro affiliate LA Galaxy II to the LA Galaxy first team. In 13 games played (13 starts) for Los Dos during the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season, the Yaoundé, Cameroon, native ranks tied for second in the league with eight goals scored and has added two assists. Bibout, a product of the Kadji Sports Academy, was named the MLS NEXT Pro Player of Matchday 4 after tallying a hat-trick and the game-winning goal in Galaxy II’s 4-3 win on the road over Whitecaps FC 2 on April 16. Bibout will occupy the international roster slot created by Hernández’s placement on the Season Ending Injury List.