Just a few quick updates on the injury situations of Gonzalo Segares and John Thorrington to keep your day moving along...
**Gonzalo Segares -**
Segares, who has been out with a sprained left MCL since August 9th, told me last week that he was targeting this Saturday's game against Toronto FC for his return and it appears that he will be available right on schedule.
"The doctor saw me today and he cleared me," Segares said after Sunday's game against the Crew. "I should be ready for next week."
Segares - who is arguably the best left-back in MLS - returning to the lineup is very good news for the Fire. His return should provide a big boost to the team's back four - which has struggled a bit in defending the wings in the absence of normal outside backs Segares and Tim Ward.
Don't expect Gonzalo to play a full 90 on Saturday - he'll still be lacking in terms of match fitness - but don't be surprised if he gets the start and 60-70 minutes of playing time.
**John Thorrington -**
Thorrington, who has been in-and-out of the Fire's lineup all summer due to a myriad of injuries, doesn't look like he'll be able to join Segares and make a return to the Fire's lineup this week. The veteran midfielder, who is currently dealing with a quadriceps injury, will undergo a MRI on his right leg today and the team will re-evaluate him after the procedure.
"It's just a bit more complicated than we thought," said Thorrington. "It's taking a bit more time than we would have hoped so [we're going to] go and get another MRI just to kind of see what's going on and sort of take it from there."
Thorrington, who originally thought the injury was a simple muscle strain, is very frustrated that he hasn't been able to take the field.
"It sort of heals to a certain point and then sort of plateaus and then if I try to push past that it sort of breaks down a little bit," Thorrington said of his injury. "We're trying to take a different approach now and hope to get our heads around it. We're all working very hard to get it right and obviously it just has been very frustrating for me and for the team and everybody that I'm missing this time."
I'll try and get an update to see how Thorrington's MRI went, but the way this injury is lingering is not good news for the Fire. I think the team - and Thorrington - expected John to be back by now and the fact that his recovery doesn't appear to be progressing is a little discouraging.
That's all for now, but I'll be back later in the day with another update or two so check back for that.