As tempting as it is to expect reinforcements for Saturday's game against the Chicago Fire, the biggest potential addition remains in doubt. Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins was expected to start against Chivas USA on Wednesday, but failed a pregame fitness test and remains questionable.
"He did a little more today," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said on Thursday. "We didn't want him to do too much today, so we pulled him out at a point, and now we'll see how he feels tomorrow. They're giving him some medications that should help as well. So we'll see is there's an improvement tomorrow, and then we'll see how it is on Saturday. It's going to be a game-time decision."
When Martins first suffered the injury on Aug. 10, it was not believed to be particularly serious and he was actually deemed questionable for the Sounders' following game against the Houston Dynamo. He of course missed that game and the same situation has continued to play out with each successive game: deemed a game-time decision and then being unable to play.
While the recovery has taken longer than anyone seems to have expected, Schmid said he's not frustrated because he knows Martins wants to return as bad as the team wants him back.
"I think a player has enough pride, they want to get on the field, he wants to get on the field, he wants to play," Schmid said. "If I felt he didn't want to play, then I'd be frustrated. But he wants to play. He's frustrated because he's hurt and he can't get on the field. So, I'm OK with that. We've just got to when he's healthy and he's able to go get him on the field, and if he can't then somebody else has to go out there and step up."
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