Finally, over a week after Osvaldo Alonso was substituted on Decision Day for what Sigi Schmid initially described as a precautionary substitution, the midfielder has returned to the training field.
Alonso returned to light jogging at Seattle Sounders training this morning, alongside fellow injured teammate Leo Gonzalez.
Although Alonso did not fully participate in the training session, the fact that he was out and running is definitely a positive for Sounders fans ahead of Sunday’s trip to FC Dallas.
It remains to be seen whether the Sounders key midfielder can fully recover in time for a place in Sunday’s starting XI. However, having previously been absent from training, this latest development certainly appears to give him a chance.
The same can be said for Gonzalez. The veteran left-back went off injured in the playoff first round against LA Galaxy and has been out since. He could also be in with a chance of being fit for Sunday, although with FC Dallas’ pace a concern, the younger and faster Oniel Fisher may well be selected regardless.
Unfortunately, Brad Evans still remained inside today, receiving further treatment on his hamstring. There is certainly still time for Evans to re-join the squad before Sunday, but at this stage he appears behind the others in his recovery.
Schmid has still not ruled anybody out for the Dallas trip, listing Alonso, Gonzalez and Evans all as “day-to-day” injuries.
The Sounders are unlikely to travel down to Dallas before Saturday, giving all players a further three full days training before a decision needs to be made. Certainly given the importance of Alonso and Evans to the Sounders, both will be given every possible chance to prove they are fit and ready to go.
We will continue to provide further updates as and when they are released by the club.