Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones has been playing on a broken toe for a few months. While it may have stunted his training when it first happened, last Sunday’s Western Conference Semifinals against FC Dallas proved it hasn’t affected his play.
When asked about it, Jones laughed a little, shrugging it off saying, “it’s been painful, you know, the last 2 months, I’ve been taking injections, like 3-4 injections, for every game, it was frustrating you know not to train with the team... but I’m getting through it now. It’s getting better so, my toe is moving in the right direction.”
Remarkably, the only time Jones has been forced to miss due to the injury is on the training pitch. Jones has only missed one game all season, and that was due to international duty.
Despite the broken toe, Jones has been on fire during these MLS Cup Playoffs. Jones had the assist that set up Nelson Valdez’s 88th-minute winner against Sporting Kansas City and followed that up with a two-assist performance in the 3-0 rout of FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals. After just two games, Jones is already the club’s all-time leader in playoff assists.