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Sounders closer to full health ahead of Columbus match

Andreas Ivanschitz's unavailability the only significant loss for the weekend

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a week of uncertainties for the Seattle Sounders regarding injuries, from the surprise unavailability of Clint Dempsey and Nelson Haedo Valdez last weekend to an apparent handful of issues for Andreas Ivanschitz. But as of Friday, head coach Sigi Schmid declared the majority of the squad to be fit and available for Saturday afternoon's match against the Columbus Crew.

"I think we're close to healthy," Schmid said. The existing injuries to Michael Farfan and Roman Torres are still there, but the only other player unavailable to Seattle this weekend is midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz. The player suffered a thigh strain against Colorado, though Schmid said that he wasn't at training on Friday due to an unknown sickness, possibly a cold.

The issues that kept Dempsey and Valdez out of the squad against Colorado seem to be mostly gone, as both players trained fully on Friday and will be available on Saturday. Jordan Morris, who scored goals in Seattle's last two matches, was also deemed fully fit by Schmid despite having left training early as a precaution on Thursday due to apparent "tightness" in his back. Schmid also mentioned that Dylan Remick "took some stitches, but he was able to train, so no issues there."

The Sounders will be missing their most creative player against Columbus on Saturday, but look to have an otherwise healthy squad to pick from to face his old team. Brad Evans, also a former Crew player, is suspended for the match after his sending off in Colorado. Schmid said that he hopes to improve on passing in the final third, the lack of which hurt them against the Rapids, and that the Sounders "gotta continue to hold possession, and we gotta be dangerous as well."

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