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Jordan Morris could be available to start games this season

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Brian Schmetzer said he expects Morris to resume full training by the end of this week and to be available to start games before the end of the regular season.

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TUKWILA, Wash. — Assuming there are no unforeseen setbacks, Jordan Morris will likely be a full participant in Seattle Sounders training when they return following Wednesday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes. It was only a little more than six months ago that Morris underwent surgery to repair his left ACL, which he tore while on loan to English Championship side Swansea City.

When Morris tore his right ACL in 2018, he went a year between competitive matches. Not only is the timeline for this recovery much farther along, but Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer even thinks there’s a chance Morris will be available to start games during the regular season.

“I’m a glass-half-full guy and I believe there will be games he’s available to start during the regular season,” Schmetzer said following Tuesday’s training session. “That’s what I believe.

“Would I take Jordan Morris in my team? Of course I would. We’ll see.”

At the same time, Schmetzer was also tamping down any expectations that Morris’ 2021 debut was right around the corner. Morris has so far been limited to various training exercises and has even participated in some drills as a neutral participant, but he’s yet to do anything like take a tackle or push himself in a full-sided game. Those are the elements that still need to be added.

“We’ll get him into full training after this trip,” Schmetzer said. “He still has to pass medical protocols. He still has to see the surgeon again, get clearance. Once he’s in ‘x’ amount of full training, they’ll assess again, do more tests, is the knee stable? What he’s done now is great, but full training is full training. If he can come through however many full trainings they want — because all of these trainings aren’t full trainings, they’re just short sessions — and they feel the knee is stable, then he’ll get the greenlight.”