LOS ANGELES – LA Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto told reporters on Thursday that Zlatan Ibrahimović will return to training next week with an eye toward appearing in next week’s match vs. the Portland Timbers.
Ibrahimović has missed the last two matches due to an Achilles injury he tweaked during the Galaxy’s regular-season opener against Chicago Fire. With two weeks to prepare for Portland, Schelotto chose to rest his star forward during the international break with the plan to return him to the training field next week.
“We give him one week more to stay out and recover to be 100 percent when we start training on Tuesday,” Schelotto said. “I think he’ll be ready for Portland.”
Schelotto also told reporters that Romain Alessandrini is expected to return to full training later this week, while Juninho is expected to be available for selection for March 31.