Mauro Rosales could return to the Seattle Sounders as early as this week. He has not played since the Sounders' MLS opener. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson could both return to action on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid indicated that a final decision will be made on both injured players' availability after they go through training on Tuesday and said that neither will be playing in the reserve game later that night.
Neither Rosales nor Johansson have played since the Sounders' first game. Rosales came out of the game early after spraining his knee in a collision with defender Aaron Maund, while Johansson has been nursing a sore hamstring.
From the looks of things, Rosales may be closer to returning. In addition to traveling with the team for last week's road game against D.C. United, he participated in Monday's training as a neutral. Johansson has not been training as extensively.
The prognosis is a little better for Eddie Johnson, who made his 2012 MLS debut on Saturday. Johnson definitely looked rusty and appeared pretty gassed after about 25 minutes of playing time.
"It’s a matter of fitness-wise—building the minutes and also players’ confidence in his touch," Schmid said, while also suggesting Johnson is 100 percent healthy. "People have to remember that when you add up all the competitive minutes played, it hasn’t been a lot, so he needs to get those minutes. He will be somebody who will play tomorrow night because we need to continue to build his fitness and we need to continue to build his competitive minutes."