Mwanga Aggravates Shoulder Injury

Striker exits Saturday's 3-0 win over Chivas USA at the half

Early in the first half, Danny Mwanga got sandwiched between several players on a cross in front of the net and re-injured his shoulder.

It’s not as bad as the original injury when he suffered a slight shoulder separation on Sept. 11 against Chicago, but it was nagging enough that Mwanga was replaced by Andrew Jacobson for the second half of the Union’s 3-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday.

“It’s alright,” Mwanga told philadelphiaunion.com. “It’s a little sore. I kind of jammed it when Alejandro had a header before the one he scored on. It doesn’t seem to be as bad as the first time, which is good. We’ll see this week. I’m not sure right now.”

Union Team Manager Peter Nowak said that the club has been closely monitoring Mwanga’s shoulder.

“In San Jose he got 20 minutes and we tried to get him back in the rhythm,” Nowak said. “He wasn’t 100 percent during the week, but we gave him a shot today and you could see, I think, on the cross from Sebastien (Le Toux), he was in between two guys and re-injured himself. We’ll see (Sunday) how he feels, and then Monday we will decide if he will come with us to Colorado. (An X-ray) is not necessary really. He got some tape, we taped him before the game and I think it is the same dislocated stuff. It is not really that he needs extra attention, but we have a couple of games coming up and we have to make sure he is ready for one of them.”

Mwanga hopes to play at Colorado on Wednesday, but at this point he’s taking things one day at a time.

“We have a number of games left and I want to be as healthy as possible,” Mwanga said. “We’ll see what happens with the trainers (Sunday). Hopefully, it’s not bad. It’s a little sore.”

Mwanga, the No. 1 pick in the SuperDraft from Oregon State, has scored seven goals this season, second on the club behind Le Toux’s 12.

“I want to help the club as much as possible,” Mwanga said. “I want to be back. I’ll listen to what the trainers are telling me.”