The Sounders returned to practice Wednesday as they look to end a three-game losing streak this weekend in Dallas. Seattle has been looking all season to get healthy, and here are a few updates from coach Sigi Schmid on the injury front:
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— Here was what Schmid had to say when asked about Clint Dempsey (sprained shoulder), Eddie Johnson (groin strain) and Obafemi Martins (pubic symphysis). All three were in action Wednesday, but not as full participants. “Eddie did what we wanted him to do today,” the coach said. “So did Clint; we wanted to make sure he avoided contact, but he feels better carrying the arm. It’s basically a pain type of thing. Eddie feels better, as well. … Oba did a little bit and we’ll check on him tomorrow.”
— Asked as a followup if Martins is behind the other two, Schmid said: “He didn’t do as much today as we thought (he would), but he did a lot in training on Monday.”
— Schmid added that none of the three were ruled out for the Dallas game as of Wednesday.
— Elsewhere, Steve Zakuani suffered a setback in regard to his recovery from sports hernia surgery. He wasn’t able to practice Wednesday. “He felt something after the game on Sunday,” said Schmid.
— Brad Evans is scheduled to meet the team in Dallas following duty with the U.S. men’s national team. The Sounders travel there tomorrow. “There’s no need for him to fly back in here today and turn around and fly to Dallas tomorrow,” Schmid said. Evans tweeted his itinerary here.
— And will Evans be available Saturday? “He should,” the coach added. “It was good that he only had to play 55 last night.” And is he the kind of guy that can slide back in without much practice with the team? “He doesn’t need a long period of training; he’s been with us enough,” Schmid said. “It’s just a matter of how he feels off the game physically.”