Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said on the FOX Soccer postgame show last night that the team hoped midfielder Mauro Rosales could up his training today as he recovers from an MCL injury.
Here was today’s update.
“He’s all right,” said Schmid. “They did this thing called a platelet injection, which helps the healing process, speeds it along. But that causes a little bit of soreness for a couple of days. The expectation going in today was, ‘OK, just have him ride the bike and walk a little bit,’ but he was actually jogging. So that’s good. We’ll see how he progresses.”
It appears unlikely that Rosales will travel for Saturday’s first leg at Real Salt Lake, but perhaps this makes Wednesday’s second leg a more real possibility for him. Elsewhere, injury news was encouraging for a couple other Sounders, as Nate Jaqua (calf) and Servando Carrasco (hip) were pretty much training in full.
UPDATE 2:05 p.m. — On a teleconference this afternoon, Schmid provided another update:
“Right now, I think it looks unlikely for (him being able to play) Saturday. We’ve still got our fingers crossed and hope that he can play for us on Wednesday. Today, we were expecting him just to do a limited amount of work and he actually ended up running a little bit and working with the ball a bit, so he was able to do a lot more than we thought. We’ll have to take it day by day, but for Saturday’s game it’s very unlikely.”