Few injury concerns for Sporting KC ahead of Saturday's match vs Columbus
That full-strength Sporting Kansas City roster is still on hold, heading into the last weekend of June.
Left back Seth Sinovic is still listed as day-to-day with a hamstring tweak that kept him out of last Saturday's 2-2 away draw with FC Dallas, and midfielder Paulo Nagamura had to come out of that match early after injuring his ankle.
Sinovic did go through running and agility drills on Monday, though, and told MLSsoccer.com afterward that while no target date for his return has been set, he hopes to be available for Saturday's home match against Columbus.
“It's one of those things that I probably could have played through,” said Sinovic, who sustained the tweak in training a week ago. “But it probably would have caused more damage if I did. It's not great, but it's not terrible.”
Nagamura was subbed off for Lawrence Olum in the 56th minute against Dallas and also is listed as day-to-day.
“When he hit a ball, his ankle went again,” manager Peter Vermes said on Monday. “It's the same ankle that's been bothering him for a while.”
On the plus side, forward Teal Bunbury saw his first league minutes since tearing his left ACL last August, working the last 16 minutes on Saturday.
“The great thing is that you could see he's not afraid on the field,” Vermes said. “A lot of times, guys are fearful when they come back from that injury. He doesn't have that that fear in the game. It's just game fitness for him now. That's the big thing.”
And Chance Myers – usually Sporting's first choice at right back – went the full 90 at left back against Dallas in Sinovic's absence, after missing Sporting's previous league match with a groin strain.
“He did a good job of playing on the left, when he doesn't normally play there,” Vermes said. “I thought he played well.”