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Sounders injury updates: Obafemi Martins looks ready to go, but Brad Evans likely out for a bit

Sounders will be forced to make at least four changes from last weekend


First some good news: It's looking more and more like Obafemi Martins is going to be available this week. The Seattle Sounders' leading scorer was much more active in training on Monday than he has in any session since his injury back on Aug. 10 and even did some extra running after the main session.

With the Sounders already missing Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson due to national team duty, Martins' presence will be as important as ever.

Unfortunately, the prognosis on Brad Evans is not as good.

"We're trying to take care of it and see how he feels," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. "I really don't have a timeline in terms of what his recovery is. We'll keep monitoring it. I think it's more serious than the last time he hurt his calf, but he's generally recovered fairly quickly."

The last time Evans suffered a similar injury was near the beginning of the season when he was forced to leave the home leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Evans ended up missing the next two games, although he said he could have played sooner if it was later in the season.

Since the Sounders were already planning to be without Evans for the games against Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire, the earliest we could probably expect to see him back is the Sept. 13 game against Real Salt Lake. At the very least, the Sounders would definitely like to have him back in time for the road game against the LA Galaxy on Sept. 21

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