I just got off the phone with Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. Here are a few notes from the conversation...
**Cuauhtemoc Blanco -Left Hamstring Strain - Listed As Questionable**
Despite being listed as "Questionable" on the Fire's injury report, Denis Hamlett told me that Temo will miss his second straight game this Friday against the Galaxy. Hamlett did also say that Blanco is "progressing well," and that the team hopes to have him back in time for their next game, October 17th at New England. **Chris Rolfe - Left Hamstring Strain - Listed as Questionable**
As you can see, Rolfe's injury status is a carbon copy of Blanco's. Unfortunately for the Fire, his status for Friday's game is also the same, and the forward/midfielder will not be available against the Galaxy.
"He's progressing well too but he's still feeling the hamstring," said Hamlett. "We're going to have him give this week a rest he should be back 100% in time for the game against New England."
**Gonzalo Segares - Left Knee Sprain - Listed as Doubtful**
Along with the aforementioned Rolfe and Blanco, the Fire will also be without Segares for Friday's game in California. Gonzalo, who looked to be ready to return from his MCL injury in time for last week's game against Toronto, re-aggravated his knee in training last week and will be out for at least this week's game.
"He took a step back," Hamlett said of the Costa Rican left back. "He hasn't trained at all this week."
Furthering the bad news is the fact that Hamlett told me that Gonzalo likely won't return until after the New England game on October 17th.
**John Thorrington - Right Groin Strain - Out**
Thorrington will miss his fourth straight match this Friday, but the banged-up central midfielder seems to be progressing.
"You're always concerned when there's an injury. In his case we diagnosed what the issue was and now he's starting the process," said Hamlett. "This week he's working some strength therapy and he's been able to do that, so from our standpoint he's been moving forward and he's progressing."
With the injuries to defenders piling up, inquiring minds were wondering if we would see the Fire debut of recently acquired outside back David Myrie this weekend. However, Myrie is still very new to the team so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that - in all likelihood - he won't see the field Friday night.
"We still see other guys that are ahead of him," said Hamlett. "I still have confidence in the group of guys that I have on the field and we just have to work... to make sure that we become better so we don't have those lapses [that we've had in previous games] in the few games that we have left."