November 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Sounders FC vs. Portland, injury report
SOUNDERS FC — OUT: GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture); M Steve Zakuani (adductor). QUESTIONABLE: M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain); F Obafemi Martins (groin).
PORTLAND TIMBERS — OUT: D David Horst (L knee sprain); D Ryan Miller (L tibia stress fracture); F Brent Richards (ACL surgery); D Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery); D Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: F Maximiliano Urruti (L hamstring strain), M Diego Valeri (adductor strain).
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Not sure Seattle’s report was updated as the status of defender DeAndre Yedlin is definitely in question as he recovers from a sprained right ankle suffered in Wednesday’s knockout round.
Coach Sigi Schmid said Friday the rookie right-back is “doing all right. He trained, did all the early parts of training with us. Then when we did the other stuff, the shaping, we had him work a little extra. Now we’ll decide tomorrow whether he’ll go or not.”
Also uncertain is the status of DP Obafemi Martins, who has missed the last four games. The forward was able to practice earlier this week, but he tightened up and hasn’t been able to do much since.
That doesn’t mean he’s entirely ruled out, though.
“We’ve got to play guys who are healthy to play,” Schmid said. “If he’s healthy to go tomorrow, whether it’s off the bench or in the lineup, he’s a guy we have to consider. It’s all hands on deck. If you’re healthy to play, you’re going to get out there.”
That obvious note, of course, is Martins hasn’t appeared healthy for a while.
The ones to watch for Portland are Diego Valeri, who was able to play in the season finale, so he looks to be OK, and Maximiliano Urruti, who hasn’t played since suffering the injury in the last game against the Sounders three weeks ago.
Elsewhere on the Timbers’ report you have a couple Washington natives and University of Washington products in Brent Richards and Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (plus a guy who spent time with the Sounders in preseason before his rights were traded to Portland, Mikael Silvestre).
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