Brad Evans came out at halftime of last week's match after taking a ball to the face and there being some concern he may have suffered a concussion. This week, he's been undergoing concussion protocol, casting some doubt on his ability to play in Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Evans, who still hasn't been officially cleared to play, sure sounds optimistic, though.
"If things go as planned, I think it's a very good chance," Evans said following Tuesday's training session. "I felt a little more dazed than anything (against the San Jose Earthquakes). I didn't black out or anything. Once I got off the field, lowered my heart rate a bit, got my bearings, I was able to come in to work out upstairs and do some fitness today.
"I remember everything that happened. It wasn't an issue of not remembering anything or losing memory. It wasn't too bad."
More in question is where Evans would actually play. Since Román Torres' signing, Evans has moved into the midfield. But with Torres now out for the year, there's a strong possibility that Evans will move back to center back where he started 17 times and was developing into a very good defender. Zach Scott has filled in whenever Torres has been out over the past five weeks.
But with Osvaldo Alonso, Andreas Ivanschitz and Marco Pappa now all fit and available, there's also a bit of a logjam forming in the midfield.
"I think it's something we'll talk about with the coaching staff," Evans said. "There will definitely be rotation either way. If today goes well with the doctor we'll talk."