The updates Thursday weren’t all positive when it comes to Sounders FC injuries. Here is a quick rundown:
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— Clint Dempsey remains day to day as he recovers from a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss two games. The DP is yet to return to full training. “It’s a daily thing,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “We have to see what he does and how he reacts to it, so you don’t know until tomorrow. Obviously he did a little more today. We still kept him as a neutral for a good part of things, so now we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, whether there are any setbacks. … Coming off a hamstring, you really need a full week of training. I think if you have a full week of training, you can sustain it. That really says, ‘I’m back from it,’ and he hasn’t had that yet.”
— It doesn’t look like Leo Gonzalez will be back from the hip/groin injury. Schmid indicated the left back took a step back in his recovery this week after limited training Tuesday: “Leo did more the other day and he didn’t feel as good today.”
— Elsewhere, another veteran on the back line has been officially ruled out of Saturday’s road game against the Colorado Rapids. That would be center back Djimi Traore, who suffered a hamstring injury last game against the Red Bulls. The hope is Traore could be available Oct. 9 against Vancouver.
— Also, backup goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is sick with the flu. (Schmid is, too, but that’s more of a concern for reporters who have to talk to the coach after practice)
— In a late update, here are the official injury reports (the news above is more accurate, e.g. Traore being listed as questionable below):
SOUNDERS FC — OUT: GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: F Will Bates (R knee injury), M Clint Dempsey (R hamstring strain), D Leo Gonzalez (L hip injury), M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain), M Philip lund (R knee injury), D Djimi Traore (L hamstring strain).
COLORADO RAPIDS — OUT: D Davy Armstrong (right ACL surgery), D Kory Kindle (sports hernia). QUESTIONABLE: M Jamie Smith (right knee).