The Washington Diplomats will decide today whether Johan Cruyff has recovered sufficiently from his latest groin injury to start against the Minnesota Kicks Saturday night at RFK Stadium.
Cruyff has been receiving light therapy at the Sports Medicine Center in Chevy Chase for the injury he suffered Sunday against Montreal. The Dutchman is reportedly recovering quickly and will probably practice with the Dips outside of RFK this morning.
The club will also have to decide today which foreign player to remove from the roster to make room for Eddie Colquhoun, Scottish player/assistant coach who is scheduled to come off the 21-day disabled list today. NASL teams cannot have more than 13 foreign players on the roster.
Colquhoun, 35, has been disabled since July 1 when he was said to have gout. Diplomat Coach Ken Furphy said earlier this week that he wants Colquhoun, a physical player, back in the lineup to help bolster the team's defense.
General Manager Duncan Hill may decide not to cut anyone, instead placing a man on the injured list. A logical candidate would be popular striker Paul Cannell, who has hardly played at all in the past six weeks and has been hampered in practice by various ailments, the latest a pulled groin muscle.
Cannell, who has scored only one goal this season, has a no-cut, no-trade two-year contract. Starting defenseman Ivan Belfiore also is recuperating from a groin injury suffered Sunday, but he is unlikely to be put on the disabled list since he is one of the team's best North Americans.