Whitecaps striker Miller unlikely for Earthquakes clash

The Scottish designated player looks likely to miss this weekend's game with a hamstring injury after being spotted watching tennis in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER -- It looks as if the Vancouver Whitecaps will be without Kenny Miller for their Major League Soccer clash against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

The Scottish designated player is listed as questionable for the road game at Buck Shaw Stadium due to a hamstring complaint, but took in Canada’s Davis Cup tennis tie with Italy on Friday at the University of British Columbia alongside third-string goalkeeper Simon Thomas and the team’s equipment manager.

If Miller misses out, it will be a blow for the ‘Caps, who have struggled without him in the starting lineup. Two games ago Vancouver fell to the Houston Dynamo 2-1 while the player was representing Scotland in World Cup qualifying action.

Then, last weekend against the Columbus Crew, Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie felt his countryman couldn’t play a full 90, so used him as a substitute in the 58th minute.

Miller scored shortly after in a 2-1 defeat, but it was hoped he’d be able to play from the start this weekend against the Earthquakes -- something that looks unlikely now.