UPDATE: The Sounders game notes list Martins' injury as a "tibia contusion."
First the good news: Obafemi Martins does not have an injury serious enough that it would show up on X-rays. That basically rules out a fracture, meaning any time he misses shouldn't be too long.
Now the bad news: He's still questionable for Saturday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps as he says he's still experience some pain.
Obafemi Martins update via Schmid: 'The X-rays looked alright, but he's still in a little bit of pain.' Clarified that it's a leg injury— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) May 15, 2015
If Martins is feeling any kind of pain when the Sounders pack up for Vancouver later today, that probably means he's not boarding the bus. BC Place is one of the most notorious artificial turfs in the league and elicits even more complains than CenturyLink Field. While it's true that the turf is being replaced for the upcoming Women's World Cup, that won't happen until after Saturday's game. In fact, that's the last game being played on the old turf (lucky us).
That means the Sounders will be using someone else at forward. Pentz reported that it appeared as though Chad Barrett was training with the first team on Thursday, but Lamar Neagle has started at forward previously this year. Neagle had one of his best performances of the season at forward, firing off six shots but somehow failing to find the back of the net. The more "off the board" option would probably be Schmid giving Victor Mansaray his first start of the season. Mansaray has looked strong in his two previous appearances, but has only logged 16 minutes while spending time with the United States U18 team.