Mar 31, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez (81) is tripped by Seattle Sounders FC forward David Estrada (16) while Estrada protects the ball during the 2nd half at CenturyLink field. San Jose defeated Seattle 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
An already deep Seattle Sounders squad will get a little bit deeper in the coming weeks. David Estrada, who hasn't played since May 26 after breaking his foot, has been cleared practice, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said during a Friday teleconference.
"David Estrada showed that he’s healing well so they cleared him to start up training again," Schmid said. "I think he played as a neutral yesterday and played again today as a neutral. He’ll continue to up train and hopefully within the next week to two weeks he’ll be back out there for us."
Prior to suffering the injury in practice, Estrada was having a breakout year. The third-year player had started 14 of the Sounders' first 15 matches across all-competitions and was the team's leading scorer with six goals at the time of the injury. He had played forward and both wide midfield spots.
It's hard to know where, exactly, he'll fit in now as Eddie Johnson has clearly taken over as the starting forward alongside Fredy Montero, Mauro Rosales is now fully healthy and left midfield was already one of the most competitive positions on the team. Estrada will mostly likely be fighting for reserve minutes at all three positions and could figure prominently in non-MLS competition.
Schmid also said Andy Rose is back to about 75-80 percent after suffering a fractured rib against the Vancouver Whitecaps. It was not clear when he might be able to play, although Schmid said Rose's lungs are now longer leaking air.