Diplomat star midfielder Johan Cryuff was flown back to Washington yesterday and will be examined today by team physicians to determine the extend of the injury to the Dutchman's pulled right thigh muscle.
Cryuff, bothered since late May by the injury, aggravated it in the Dips' loss at Los Angeles Friday and could not play the second half. He probably will miss Wednesday's game in San Diego, but may rejoin the team for Saturday's game against the Tea Men in Foxboro, Mass.
Cruyff's midfield mate, Wim Jansen, also was flown back to Washington to have his pulled right hamstring muscle examined. He probably will be sidelined at least two weeks.
The Diplomats received some good news, however, when an arthroscope examination revealed that midfielder Joe Horvath may be able to play again this season and will not need surgery as earlier thought.
"Joe's injury does not seem as serious as we first thought," said the Dips' general manager, Andy Dolich. "Joe will undergo additional examinations tomorrow which will tell us more, but he should be able to play again this season. The major decision now seems whether to immobilize the knee (in a cast) or to put him on crutches."
While the injured Dips try to recuperate, Coach Gordon Bradley is searching for the healthy players to field.
"Gordon has spend the last four or five days on the phone with NASL teams and teams all over the world trying to find players," Dolich said.
The Dips have nine regulars either sidelined with injuries or playing hurt. They have lost the first two games of the their four-game, two-week road trip and injuries have played a large part in the team's slump.