Graham Zusi returns to full training, could return Sunday at San Jose

Sporting KC midfielder recovering from quad injury

Graham Zusi returned to full training for the first time since being injured in the MLS All-Star Game but still could be held out of Sporting Kansas City's away game against San Jose on Sunday.

“We're still protective of him a little bit on shots and long-distance balls,” manager Peter Vermes said on Wednesday, during the club's weekly news conference. “If he's not right, not ready 100 percent, we're not going to push him.”

The training session was three-quarter-length, Vermes said, because Sporting's reserves and new arrivals had a scrimmage with local PDL side the Kansas City Brass.

Zusi had to leave in the first half of the All-Stars' 3-1 loss to Serie A side AS Roma on July 31 with a strained right quad, and has missed two league matches and Sporting's CONCACAF Champions League opener.

Winger Kei Kamara, who had to leave Saturday's 3-0 home win over New England in the 86th minute after sustaining a sprained left ankle on a red-card tackle by Andy Dorman, did some light jogging on Wednesday but is still questionable for Sunday.

“He still has pain,” Vermes said. “It's still kind of day-to-day. The big day will be – we'll decide on Friday where things are. He'll run tomorrow, even though we have the day off, and we'll kind of see what that progress is there.”

Midfielder Paulo Nagamura and defender Josh Gardner also went through full training on Wednesday, but Vermes has ruled both of them out for Sunday's match.