"Oba has trained all week, so it's good," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told the media on Friday.
Schmid initially indicated that Martins' adductor injury was only supposed to cost him 3-6 weeks, but that was later revised to 6-8 weeks. Martins has now missed nine league matches and one more in CONCACAF Champions League. During that time, the Sounders have gone 1-8-1 across all competitions and plummeted from the top of the Supporters' Shield race to the final playoff position.
Martins could be joined by a host of new faces, as well. Schmid previously indicated that newly acquired center back Román Torres could play "major minutes" and Andreas Ivanschitz and Nelso Haedo Valdez also appear to be in line to make their season debuts.
"Having this whole week of training has helped," Schmid said. "Guys adjusting timezones and such has been good. We're happy with all that."
The news was not as good for Clint Dempsey, who apparently hasn't trained since leaving practice early last Friday with a hamstring injury. There was no timeline given on his return, nor when Osvaldo Alonso could be back.