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November 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Mauro Rosales shows progress, still unable to practice due to hamstring-related injury

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales was able to participate in warmups Tuesday morning with the team, but he still hasn’t returned to training due to a hamstring-related injury suffered late in Friday’s playoff game.

“He went through the early part of the warmup for us today and then we sent him in, so it’s definite progress from yesterday,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We were able to localize the injury, so we just have to see how he feels tomorrow and keep going, progressing day by day.”

Schmid reiterated that the injury is not as bad as initially feared, but Rosales, it seems, has significant progress still to make.

And if Rosales isn’t able to go?

“I think we’ve played countless formations, and guys have played in different positions all year, so whether or not he plays, whoever is playing will fill in admirably,” said midfielder Brad Evans. “I have no doubt, no question of my teammates’ abilities. We’ll figure it out. We’ll watch tape, plug in guys and get after it. … As long as everybody’s on the same page, and they can implement their certain flair in that position, regardless of who’s in there I think any player we have is more than capable of stepping in and filling anybody’s role.”

In some other injury news, Eddie Johnson trained for the first half of practice but was pulled out at the midway point just as a precaution. No need to push too hard with the game still a couple days away, Schmid said.

Defender Leo Gonzalez is “making good progress,” and Patrick Ianni is “staying about the same,” the coach added.

Another thing to consider is the game might go 120 minutes if overtime is required Thursday.

“You’ve got to think about that,” Schmid said. “Obviously you want to make sure that you’re starting people who have the capabilities of going 90-plus minutes. You don’t want to start too many players who you feel can’t go 90 minutes, because if that’s the case, you’re locked into some subs and if something unbeknownst happens — somebody gets injured or something you don’t expect — you’re in trouble. So that’s going to affect our lineup.”

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