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Sounder at Heart’s resident medical expert thinks some key players could return.

MLS: New York City FC at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Chances are good that head coach Brian Schmetzer will have broader roster selection when the Seattle Sounders face the Colorado Rapids on Nov. 22 than he did in his series win over FC Dallas.

Andreas Ivanschitz: From watching the replay it looks like an MCL strain which is generally a six-week recovery time. He’s already close to full training, and what date is six weeks out from Oct 12? Nov. 22.

Likelihood of playing? >90%

Jordan Morris: A strained hamstring that didn’t stop him from running mid-stride during the first half but tightened up over the course of the halftime break is likely the lowest level strain to still be considered a strain. That said, missing the international matches suggests that it might be a little closer to a moderate strain, but I’d like to think that was a bit of gamesmanship to prevent a more serious injury at the end of Mexican cleats. Very minor strains can require just a few days recovery, just shy of a moderate strain can be two weeks. He should be right on pace to rejoin by Nov. 22.

Likelihood of playing? >85%

Roman Torres: Another late October scratch without a lot of information to go on. If it’s a hamstring injury that indeed occurred during the KC match as advertised then it wasn’t enough to take him out of the match and should be fairly minor, meaning a two-week recovery time.

Likelihood of playing? >80%

Alvaro Fernandez: He was back mid-October but then scratched again at the end of the month after presumably re-injuring his hamstring during the KC match. Since hamstrings are notoriously prone to re-injury, trainers will likely be more cautious, especially given the short interval between his initial injury and his re-injury. Even though Schmetzer says he’s on a similar trajectory as Ivanschitz, he has a much higher chance of a setback.

Likelihood of playing? 65%

Dylan Remick: Off concussion protocol but no word on whether he’s back to full training. Lots of speculation on this one as a result.

Likelihood of playing? 50%

Oalex Anderson: We haven’t heard much about his injury but considering forwards are the most prone to re-injury of hamstrings and he’s been out of action for a while, I can’t imagine he’d be up to fitness in time for the match.

Likelihood of playing? 30%

Clint Dempsey: Ugh.

Likelihood of playing? 0%