Mwanga Sits, Miglioranzi Tweaks Groin
Danny Mwanga tried to warm up for Thursday’s critical game against the Columbus Crew.
He couldn’t get loose.
A nagging groin injury kept the 19-year-old rookie from Oregon State on the bench for Philadelphia’s 2-1 loss at PPL Park.
“We tried in the warm-up to see where he was at, but there was no chance for him to play,” said Union Team Manager Peter Nowak. “He was not available to us.”
Mwanga -- who has scored five goals this season, second on the club behind Sebastien Le Toux’s nine -- desperately wanted to play against the Crew.
“Oh yeah, of course I wanted to be on the field helping my teammates,” Mwanga told Philadelphiaunion.com. “I couldn’t sprint. I knew if I couldn’t sprint, I couldn’t play. I want to work as hard as possible to ready for Sunday.”
Will he be ready?
“I don’t know. I hope so,” Mwanga said.
Mwanga isn’t the only Union player banged up. Midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi tweaked his groin and was replaced by Kyle Nakazawa in the 40th minute.
“It doesn’t appear to be too bad, but I didn’t want to take any chances,” said the 32-year-old Miglioranzi. “I didn’t want it to be a situation where I played through it and I ended up hurting it worse and then would miss one to two months. I’m a lot older than I used to be so I have to be smart about my body.”
Like Mwanga, Miglioranzi is unsure whether he will be available on Sunday.
“I’ll test it tomorrow and get with the training staff,” Miglioranzi said. “I always want to play. I hope I can go for the Dallas game.”