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Andreas Ivanschitz could miss rest of season

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Sounders midfielder suffers knee sprain, already ruled out for Dallas game and “doubtful” for Real Salt Lake.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Sounders midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz was forced to come off early in Wednesday’s match against the Houston Dynamo, for what has been identified as a head coach Brian Schmetzer deemed a “slight knee sprain.”

The injury occurred in the 10th minute while Ivanschitz was making a run into the box, eventually having his close-range shot saved. He was initially able to gingerly walk toward the center of the pitch, but he soon went to the ground and was removed from the field.

An MRI was done on Thursday morning, and Schmetzer said the team can definitely say that Ivanschitz will be unavailable for Sunday’s road game in Dallas. As for the home game against Real Salt Lake on the last day of the regular season? “Probably doubtful,” according to Schmetzer.

The prognosis is a bit better for Alvaro Fernandez, who was forced out of the Sounders’ previous game with a hamstring injury. Fernandez, who was not in the 18 against Houston, trained fully on Thursday. Schmetzer said Flaco “looked good out there today, he was training 100 percent.”

Dylan Remick, who would have made a rare start due to the absence of Joevin Jones, was a scratch against Houston because of a concussion suffered last week in training. Schmetzer said Remick “was on the uptick, and that’s why we were hopeful. But then, he had a setback.” Concussion protocol had alerted staff that Remick was having some lingering effects, and the club medical staff decided that he was unable to play.

As for Osvaldo Alonso and his red card against Houston, Schmetzer said that he has already had a conversation in private with the veteran midfielder. He said that Alonso was apologetic with the rest of the squad, and that they are simply moving forward from the situation.