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Reo-Coker set to make Whitecaps return after freak injury

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Nigel Reo-Coker is in line for a return to the starting line-up for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ game against LA Galaxy, MLSSoccer.com reports.

The player suffered a freak injury after tripping over a bike rack and cutting his head whilst out walking in Vancouver in March.

He was reported to have suffered from concussion as well as an obvious scar, although he insisted that he had recovered from the accident when asked ahead of the Galaxy game on Saturday.

Speaking on MLSsoccer.com, Reo-Coker said: “I'm not bothered [about the scar]. It's a funny story. It's life and these things happen. It's probably one of the craziest football stories now but it happened and that's it.

“It doesn't really bother me.”

The player will be hoping not only that his form hasn’t been affected when he takes to the field again at the weekend but also that he is able to offer some leadership on the pitch.

Upon signing for West Ham in 2004, Reo-Coker was handed the captaincy aged just 20. He was also a big player at Aston Villa, whom he played for between 2007 and 2011 before moving on to Bolton Wanderers for a season. 

After signing for the Caps at the beginning of the 2013 season, Reo-Coker has so far made 35 appearances, scoring one goal.

In short, he has been influential since his move across the Atlantic and no doubt he wants to continue to be so.

His presence will be especially important given that regular starter Matias Laba is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the previous game.

The match against the Galaxy kicks off at 10:30pm ET.

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