Galaxy’s Chicharito ready to return from calf injury

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s first season with the Galaxy hasn’t gone the way he’d envisioned.

After playing in one game in the MLS is Back Tournament in July, Hernandez was sent home with a calf injury.

With the Galaxy riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, Hernandez is nearing a return from injury, declaring himself available for Sunday’s game at San Jose (8 p.m.; TUDN).

“I love this playing this sport and I want to do the best that I can,” Hernandez said. “Yesterday (Wednesday) was 14th anniversary since I debut in this lovely sport …it’s the love of the game.”

Hernandez has missed the past six games. He returned to full team training this week.

“I’ve been training with the team for four days now,” he said Thursday. “I’m feeling pretty good …I’m going to be available probably for this weekend. If it’s one minute, 50, 90 or whatever, I’m going to try to do my best to maintain that rhythm, that level the team is showing in the last games.”

Hernandez’s injury ended up being more serious than a regular calf injury.

“My injury was almost a third-degree tear,” he said. “It was a little bit more than just a normal injury.”

During his absence, the Galaxy has turned in a balanced attack with Sebastian Lletget and Cristian Pavon picking up the offensive slack.

Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto could find himself in a tough situation of messing with the chemistry that the current group has built during the winning streak.

“He’s training very well, he has no problem with the calf,” Schelotto said. “He’s ready. I don’t know how long he can be ready. We will need to check with him and then decide what to do.”

San Jose has been in bad form since the restart, going 0-3-1. Part of that stretch includes a 3-2 loss to the Galaxy on Aug. 29, a 5-1 loss to LAFC on Sept. 2, and Thursday’s 7-1 thrashing by Seattle.

A Galaxy win Sunday would tie its longest winning streak, excluding the shootout era. The Galaxy has had five-game winning streaks in 2007 and 2014.

“We’ve always had the quality, it’s just about putting it together and I think you’ve seen in this last couple of weeks that we’ve been able to be deadly in the attack and also defend solidly,” Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen said. “The mentality has been there and when the other team has scored, we haven’t put our heads down. There’s never been any doubt that we’re not going to get a result these past few games. I think that’s huge and that’s been the difference.”

Galaxy at San Jose

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Earthquakes Stadium

TV: TUDN