Obafemi Martins has missed the Seattle Sounders' last eight league matches. The Sounders have gone 1-7-0 and scored just two goals in that time. At least one of those things will likely change this week.
"We'll see, I think he's getting closer," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Monday. "I think this is the week we're hoping he can make it back, but we have to go day-by-day."
Schmid made similar, although not quite as optimistic, comments last week and Martins was close enough to playing that the Sounders put him through a pregame fitness test.
Apparently erring on the side of caution, the Sounders chose not to play Martins. That was likely due at least in part to the heavy slate of matches facing the Sounders over next month. Adding to the congestion is CONCACAF Champions League group stage play, the first game of which is on Wednesday in Vancouver. The Sounders follow that up with a match at the LA Galaxy on Sunday.
The prognosis on Marco Pappa's return is not nearly as clear. The Sounders midfielder has missed the last two games after being arrested for suspicion of DUI and entering the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
"No idea," Schmid said when asked about a timeline for Pappa's return. "It's a process he's going through, it's the league's program and we'll know when we know."