As expected, Jordan Morris’ return from his hamstring injury is being measured in weeks, not days, putting in doubt his ability to play again during the final six weeks of the regular season. Morris suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the LA Galaxy when he pulled up with a non-contact injury when chasing a ball in the 61st minute.
“He’s been ruled out for this weekend, obviously,” Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer told the media on Wednesday. “The MRI came back and showed a significant strain. But he is a really tough kid and we’ll take it week by week.
“Remember last year when he tweaked his hamstring — this one is more than last year — but he came back in a relatively fast fashion.”
The recovery process for this type of injury is usually in the 4-6 weeks range, meaning a quick recovery could have him back in time to play the final two regular-season games. Schmetzer said he trusts Morris to help drive the process, though.
“He’s smart enough and cognizant enough to know when he’s ready,” Schmetzer said. “He’s down in the dumps a little bit. But injuries happen, that’s a reality. He was pretty resolute about trying to get back and help us for the last couple games and playoffs, but we’ll see.”
In the meantime, Will Bruin will likely get the bulk of the minutes that would have otherwise gone to Morris. Bruin finds himself well positioned to take advantage, having played fewer than 1,400 minutes so far this year.
“When September, October roll around you tend to feel it,” Bruin said. “It’s a long season, but not playing as many minutes as I’m used to I still feel good. I feel like it’s early in the season, not the last few weeks. I think that’s a good thing for this stretch.”
Schmetzer also suggested he was open to playing Clint Dempsey up top as well as potentially using Lamar Neagle there. More than filling Morris’ position, the challenge will be replicating Morris’ ability to get behind defenses, something Bruin probably won’t be doing much of.
“We’re a pretty open-minded staff,” Schmetzer said about possible solutions.
*This post was updated.