October 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Sounders FC vs. Portland, injury report
SOUNDERS FC — OUT: FW Eddie Johnson (L groin strain), GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain), D Leo Gonzalez (L hip injury), FW Will Bates (R knee injury).
PORTLAND TIMBERS — OUT: DF Ryan Miller (L tibia stress fracture), FW Brent Richards (ACL surgery), DF Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), DF Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: M/F Darlington Nagbe (tibial bone bruise), FW Frederic Piquionne (L ankle sprain), MF Diego Valeri (adductor strain).
International duty: Ryan Johnson, Portland (Jamaica); Alvas Powell, Portland (Jamaica); Rodney Wallace, Portland (Costa Rica); Brad Evans, Seattle (USA).
Suspended: Zach Scott, Seattle.
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Here are some quick injury updates. Eddie Johnson has returned in Seattle, but the team doctor hadn’t looked at the MRI yet (EJ brought it back with him from the U.S. national team). More will be known on the extent of the injury Saturday, but the forward won’t play Sunday in Portland.
“If he could play Sunday, he’d still be with the national team,” coach Sigi Schmid said.
Obafemi Martins had a lighter day of training as he deals with a lingering groin injury. Schmid said the DP is still sore, and the team is being careful with him, but “chances are good he should be able to play” against the Timbers.
Clint Dempsey is no longer listed, but Schmid said there hasn’t been a decision made yet on whether he’s ready to start. Dempsey came out of Wednesday’s game and Friday’s training OK.
We’ll get an another update on Leo Gonzalez after Saturday’s practice, but Schmid indicated earlier in the week that he could be available Sunday.
“We have a lot of moving parts we’re evaluating,” the coach said.
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