Ante Jazic can’t shake the injury bug.
The Chivas USA defender has been sidelined with a concussion since the start of the Major League Soccer season after taking a soccer ball to the head seven days before opening day, derailing what he hoped would be a bounce-back year.
Jazic, a long-time pro from Bedford, was hoping for an injury-free season after rushing back from major ankle surgery in 2008 and never fully regaining his veteran form.
“I can’t shake off these symptoms,” Jazic told Metro’s It’s Called Football show. “I’m still getting headaches, I’m still not allowed to train … It’s been frustrating for me individually.”
The 33-year-old hopes to be symptom-free and back on the field in the next two weeks, but that’s no guarantee.
“I thought I was going to be back a couple of weeks ago, but it hasn’t gotten any better,” Jazic said. “With these things (concussions), you never know.”
Jazic joined Chivas USA in the off-season after being traded from the Los Angeles Galaxy for draft picks. While on the sidelines, his club has soared to the top of MLS with four wins in six games. Last-place Los Angeles is winless.
In the off-season, Jazic bulked up his coaching credentials by getting his Canadian Soccer Association B License. He did that knowing his playing career is winding down.
“If I can squeeze in a year or two (as a player), I’d be happy,” he said. “I hope to catch on as an assistant somewhere (in MLS) and definitely hope to stay involved in the game.”