While reporters were waiting for Sounders FC practice to open up this morning, Mauro Rosales walked out early (indicating that his involvement in training was limited). Afterward, coach Sigi Schmid was asked how the star midfielder is doing.
“Better,” said Schmid. “He did more and worked with the ball a little individually today, so we’ll see. I still think it’s more of an outside shot, but at least it’s a shot.”
Rosales initially had his right MCL sprained on Sept. 17, when D.C. United’s Daniel Woolard came in late on a tackle from behind in Seattle 3-0’s win. The injury was aggravated in remarkably similar fashion when Chivas USA’s Ben Zemanski came in late on a tackle from behind in Seattle’s 3-1 win in the regular-season finale on Oct. 22.
Rosales, who’s in the process of negotiating a contract extension, was always deemed a long shot to see significant action in this round of the playoffs. He received a platelet injection last week in an attempt to speed up the recovery, but the injury, it seems, has been a lot to overcome.