TUKWILA, Wash. — If there was one lingering concern from last Saturday’s 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps it was the state of Raúl Ruidíaz’s ankle. The forward managed to play 87 minutes, but looked hobbled at various times and needed on-field attention near the end of the first half. He also shared this image on Instagram:
Raul’s ankle is bruised and swollen pic.twitter.com/1MvfycCXnP— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 1, 2019
Ruidíaz has managed to train throughout the week, but has been limited and came off early at least a couple of times.
“With senior players, I like establishing trust and and building a good relationship,” Schmetzer said when asked about Ruidíaz on Thursday. “So Raul and I will have a conversation and talk about how he feels and make a decision.”
The last time Ruidíaz suffered an injury like this was last year in the 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union when he left after 34 minutes with a sprained ankle, which had followed an ankle injury he suffered while with the Peru national team. He managed to play 90 minutes a few days later against the LA Galaxy, a match in which he squeezed off six shots in a 4-0 loss.
It should be noted that the Sounders are entering a congested portion of their schedule, which could play into Schmetzer’s thinking. They’ll play six games between Saturday and April 28 and a home game against RSL may be seen as one Ruidíaz could afford to miss.