MLS All-Star injury absences include Chicharito & Vela
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Carlos Vela are among the high-profile players MLS has ruled out of Wednesday's All-Star clash with Liga MX.
LA Galaxy's Hernandez is dealing with a calf injury, while LAFC's Vela is out with a quad problem.
They had been chosen to lead the 28-man MLS roster into the exhibition, but the league must now lean on other stars to carry the torch.
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What has been said?
"Carlos' quad has bothered him throughout this season," said MLS head coach Bob Bradley to reporters on Monday. "We were very cautious. It's just a lingering injury that has hampered him throughout the season."
Hernandez, meanwhile, has not played in a match since June 26.
Who else will miss out?
New England Revolution stars Carles Gil and Tajon Buchanan have also pulled out; Gil leads the league in assists and Buchanan is coming off a Gold Cup performance that earned him Young Player of the Tournament honors.
Who will replace the MLS All-Star absentees?
So far, Rodolfo Pizarro and George Bello have been added to replace Gil and Buchanan, with the fill-ins for Hernandez and Vela still to be determined.
The initial rosters were determined by a mixture of fan, media and league voting, but Bradley will be responsible for determining replacements for those who have been ruled out to injury.