The team still doesn’t have a fully healthy Freddie Ljungberg, and Brad Evans is possibly out this week while Zach Scott is definitely out.
So said coach Sigi Schmid today. I asked him about the availability of Peter Vagenas, who has yet to play in a game this season but might be Ljungberg’s replacement if he can’t play. Stephen King, I would think, could also be an option.
“He played 90 minutes in the other practice game. So I don’t know if he’s 90 minutes MLS-fit at this stage, but I think he’s ready to start if we need him,” Schmid said of Vagenas, who was active as a substitute last weekend.
Here’s Schmid on the injury situation:
(On Freddie Ljungberg’s migraine) “We got to take it day-by-day. He’s had a history of these. He knows what it takes to come back. He doesn’t get them all that often. It’s something that usually happens every year to two years. So right now it’s just a matter of him knowing his body, and us being careful so that it doesn’t become a long- term thing.”
(On Zach Scott and Brad Evans’ MRIs) “Basically with Brad it’s just a pain tolerance thing. How he does. Like he was in today, his ankle was almost bothering him more than anything else. It’s just a day-by-day situation with him. With Zach Scott it’s more of an abdominal injury, so just trying to again give it a couple of more days. He’ll definitely not be in this weekend. He’ll be out this weekend. We want to see, make sure, is it a sports hernia or is it just the abdominal? And that’s something that we still need a couple of days to decide.
More on Evans: “It’s good news. It’s just he’s (Evans), he could be back out trying to do more things tomorrow, or it could be a week, but we doubt it’s going to be much longer than that.”
(On Evans’ versatility) “He’s just a player. He can play a lot of different positions. He’s pretty comfortable on the field. The thing that I like about him in midfield is he’s a midfielder who’s also goal dangerous. He can get forward on goals. In fact, that’s how he got hurt, getting forward on a cross ball. So he’s an important player for any team. But we have other players who can step in and play. But he’s a player that’s got good size. He’s good in the air, has a decent shot, and he covers a lot of ground and can also defend. So he helps us.”
(On concern about Freddie Ljungberg missing this weekend’s game) “There’s always a concern whenever you’re missing a player. But the thing that I’ve learned over coaching over all the years is you focus on the guys who are going to play. We can have post-mortems and talk about the guys who are missing all the time, but then it takes away the focus from what we’re trying to do which is prepare for the game. So our preparation and our work and our focus is based upon the guys who are coming to play.”