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Philadelphia Union

PHILADELPHIA UNION

August 29, 2012
PRECAUTIONARY MOVE
Valdes leaves game with hamstring injury


Union captain Carlos Valdes' status for Saturday's road game against New England is uncertain in the wake of a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday's loss to Columbus.
Union captain Carlos Valdes' status for Saturday's road game against New England is uncertain in the wake of a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday's loss to Columbus.
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CHESTER, Pa--In addition to a 2-1 loss on a goal in stoppage time that pretty much ended their playoff chances, the Philadelphia Union suffered another blow Wednesday night when captain Carlos Valdes had to leave the game with an injury.

Just ten minutes into the second half Valdes, who scored the Union goal, had to be replaced, leaving the game while holding his hamstring.

"[I collided] with the keeper and when I landed I feel little bit pain on my leg," said Valdes. "I donít know what happened. We will see tomorrow what the doctors say. I wasnít comfortable staying. I have to prevent something worse."

Valdes was replaced by Raymon Gaddis.

"He tweaked his hamstring pretty high, late in the first half," said Union team manager John Hackworth of Valdes. "He thought he could go, he wanted to try, obviously we tried to see, I told him no, it was clear it wasnít working very well in the second half, so, unfortunately thatís a big one."

Valdes who was called up to the Colombian squad for World Cup qualification games against Uruguay in Barranquilla on September 7th and away to Chile in Santiago on September 11th, is scheduled to leave after the Union's next game, which is Saturday in New England.

"Up in the air," Hackworth said of his status for the weekend. "I donít think he did it to the point where, it was more preventative for him to come out, weíll get our staff on top of it right away, I know they already are, and weíll evaluate."


   
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