Dax McCarty is questionable for FC Dallas’ match with San Jose on Saturday, thanks to a rare hip pointer injury suffered during the second half of FCD’s 1-1 draw with Chicago on May 27.
“Hip pointer – I’ve never had one of those before,” McCarty said after training on Wednesday. “It’s pretty painful.”
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FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman excepts to evaluate his linking midfielder on Thursday before determining his availability for this weekend.
“What I wanted to do was not evaluate him [Wednesday]. I just wanted to let him go through another day of recovery and then, he’s got to start picking it up,” Hyndman said. “He can’t come to me game day and say, “I can give you 90 percent but I don’t think I can start.’”
While his teammates were training on Wednesday morning, McCarty was slowly jogging around an adjacent field with an ice pack taped to his left hip.
“When it first happened, it was miserable. I was in some serious pain,” McCarty said. “Over the weekend it was hard to get a good night’s sleep. I’ve been in treatment trying to get some of the swelling and bruising out.”
McCarty admitted his hip is much better six days after the injury than it was over the weekend.
“It’s gotten better daily. It’s just a very uncomfortable injury,” he said. “It’s not serious, which is nice. At the same time, I understand why football players wear hip pads and stuff. If they get these injuries, it’s not fun. It’s certainly not something I want to experience ever again.”
Still, McCarty’s not about to rule himself out of a crucial match with the Earthquakes.
“I would say that I’m really fighting hard to be ready for the weekend,” McCarty said. “It will be a mutual decision between myself, the trainers and obviously Schellas.”
McCarty suffered the injury in the 57th minute of Thursday’s draw at Toyota Park. He initially tried to play through it but had to leave the match two minutes later.
“There was really no way I could’ve played another 30 minutes with that type of pain shooting through my hip and all down my side,” McCarty said. “Running or even jogging was even a challenge. I always try to play through something like that but I think I would have hurt our team more than I would have helped.”