David Villa was supposed to return to the starting lineup for New York City FC on Saturday night. But just moments before kickoff, he was a late scratch against the San Jose Earthquakes after he "felt something" during warm-ups.
NYCFC have gone undefeated in four straight to start the season, including their last two without Villa, who has been nursing a calf injury. He was in Saturday's starting lineup, but felt a minor flare-up:
According to #NYCFC spokesperson, Villa "felt something in warmups." Says it doesn't sound serious, but bad enough to mean Villa couldn't play. Looks like the quest for 400 goals will have to wait. #SJvNYC— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) April 1, 2018
Villa ended up being replaced by Jo Inge Berget as a late scratch that did not cost NYCFC a substitution.