Patrick Vieira will have the first and last words on David Villa (above) and his ability to play Saturday.
BRONX N.Y. — Whether David Villa will be fit enough to play for New York City FC against the Portland Timbers Saturday, will be determined in the next two days.
Villa, the league’s leading goal-scorer, Tuesday underwent medical tests in New York City after he withdrew from the Spanish national team due to irritation to his adductor muscle. Villa made his 98th international appearance with La Roja last week in a 3-0 triumph over Italy in World Cup qualifying.
Head coach Patrick Vieira was optimistic, but a bit cautious as well on whether the Spanish international could play. He did not say whether it would be starting role or coming off the bench.
“David did an exam yesterday and everything’s come back clear,” he said after City defeated Sporting Kansas City, 1-0. “We just have to see how much he can do in training tomorrow, how much he can do on Friday, to see if he’s going to be fit enough to play the game on Saturday.”