Guam could be without star player AJ DeLaGarza ahead of their upcoming 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers ties with India and Iran next week.
The LA Galaxy defender has been dealing with a groin issue for much of the Major League Soccer this season and has a consideration to undergo a surgery.
“It’s my groin, has been bothering me for about five months, probably,” said the 28-year-old after his club’s end-of-season meeting last week.
“I don’t know yet (when surgery will take place). I’ve got international duty coming up, and I’m trying to see if I’ll be ready next year by the time we come back for preseason.”
But, the American-born revealed that his priority to be fully fit is to play with LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals against Mexican side Santos Laguna in next February.
“If there’s any jeopardizing playing in Champions League, then maybe I don’t go to international duty and get whatever needs to be done tomorrow or the next day. We’ve got to figure that out. It’s not easy,” he added.
Team Matao have seven points from their five appearances in the qualifying campaign, which made them currently lie fourth in Group D.