Despite only being a few weeks into the 2017 MLS season, the Seattle Sounders have already had to deal with a handful of injuries to first-team players. Brad Evans has yet to feature for the club this season after suffering a calf injury in training. Oniel Fisher had to be substituted off against the Red Bulls, thanks to a hamstring injury. Aaron Kovar hasn’t even trained since preseason after facing yet another injury layoff; an official release attributed Kovar’s absence to “groin surgery.” Jordan Morris had a minor ankle issue against the Red Bulls, but he is still being evaluated by US Soccer medical staff.
The club hasn’t provided an update on Evans, since the original announcement before the season started when they said he’d likely miss at least 5-7 weeks. Making the Sounders’ right back situation even more complicated is that the club has yet to give a timeline for a return for Fisher, who has at least been doing light training. Head coach Brian Schmetzer said Fisher “won’t be playing [against Necaxa]” and that he won’t be able to give an estimated return to action until at least next week—he did add that he’s “hopeful” Fisher will be available again soon.
Kovar was seen doing some light fitness work on Friday as well, possibly the first time since the season started. “He was very happy he got to put soccer shoes on. No timeline on that, just those injuries are kind of hard to predict.”
Bruce Arena gave an update on Morris on Thursday, saying that he was “day to day” and that a decision would be made on Friday. Nothing has come out so far, and it seems unlikely that Morris will be on the gameday roster for the USA’s qualifier against Honduras.