When Clint Dempsey was signed, most of us wanted to know how the Seattle Sounders were going to manage to get him on the field along with all the other attacking talent. Would he play as a forward with Eddie Johnson on the wing? Would he play more of a CAM in a diamond or 4-3-3 set up? There were seemingly many options.
It's looking increasingly likely that we'll need to wait a few more weeks to find out. After missing Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers with an ankle injury that was reportedly bad enough that he couldn't even kick the ball, Obafemi Martins was again limited in Wednesday's training session. The Nigerian international was scheduled to have an MRI later in the day, but it doesn't look particularly that he'll be able to play against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
The Sounders also don't seem particularly likely to rush him back, as they are going to be needing his services even more in the games following the one against the Crew. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid indicated that he's expecting to lose his national team players following the game, which probably means Dempsey, Johnson and Brad Evans will all at least miss the home games against Chivas USA (Sept. 4) and the Chicago Fire (Sept. 7).
Assuming Martins can be back by next week, that leaves the Sounders with the totally palpable possibility of starting Lamar Neagle up top with Mauro Rosales and probably Marc Burch or maybe even Steve Zakuani as attacking mids.