Fire Injury Report

SuperLiga 2009 Final Tigres UANL v Chicago Fire

With the Fire getting ready to take on the New England Revolution this Saturday, the time is ripe for an injury update. Here we go...

**John Thorrington - Out**

The central midfielder, who hasn't played since August 29th, will miss this weekend's match with a case of athletic pubaglia (English translation: groin pain/sports hernia).

Thorrington is currently undergoing [platelet-rich plasma therapy](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/sports/17blood.html) (a treatment in which a patient's own blood is injected into the injured area) and the Fire is hoping that it proves successful in getting the 29-year-old Thorrington back onto the field.

"It helps to speed up the recovery process," Hamlett said of platelet-rich plasma therapy - with which Fire defender Gonzalo Segares was also recently treated. "It seems to have calmed that area down and now he's going to start jogging tomorrow so we'll see how his body responds to that and we'll go from there."

Hamlett wasn't sure if Thorrington will be ready in time for next Thursday's game against Chivas USA but, given the fact that he has yet to return to the practice field, I wouldn't expect him to be out there. **Tim Ward - Out**

Though Ward is listed as doubtful on the injury report, he will not be able to go in time for Saturday's game at the Revolution. The 22-year-old defender hasn't played since August 5th due to a broken left metatarsal.

"He's just starting the whole process over again as far as putting full weight on it and trying to get comfortable in a soccer boot," said Hamlett. "You have to remember the guy had a pin in his foot and he was in a [walking] boot... so it sort of takes time to get readjusted. I mean he still hasn't even started kicking a ball or started running full speed."

As is the case with Thorrington, I would be surprised if Ward returned in time for the October 22nd game against Chivas USA. It does sound like he could be getting healthy right as the playoffs begin though...

**Wilman Conde - Questionable**

Conde, who strained his left hamstring in October 2nd 1-0 loss to the Galaxy, missed training today as he was receiving treatment on his injured leg.

The Fire is still unsure whether or not Conde will be able to play in the New England game, so no real update here. Should Conde be unable to go, expect the Fire to pair C.J. Brown with either Austin Washington or Brandon Prideaux in the center of the back four against New England.

**Gonzalo Segares - Questionable**

Segares, who hasn't played since he sprained his left MCL on August 9th, is finally returned to the soccer field this past week - though it has been in a limited capacity.

"He's moving, he did some more fitness this week and some more cutting and starting to strike the ball," Hamlett said of the 27-year-old left back. "Every day we push him and the next day he responds well. There hasn't been a setback so that's a good sign."

It sounds like it might be tough for Gonzalo to return to action in time for Saturday evening's game. If he isn't able to go on Saturday though, it seems like he should be very close (if not completely) ready for the match against Chivas USA.

**And now, some good news...**

Both Chris Rolfe and Daniel Woolard have been taken off of the injury report and have been participating in full training this week. Hamlett told me that both would be ready to go on Saturday.

I'll be back tonight with a short recap of the U.S.-Costa Rica game (kickoff at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2) and the announcement of the Fire Confidential/SoccerPro.com contest winner. If you haven't entered yet, you still have a few hours to give yourself a chance to win some very nice National Team gear.

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  • Sam,

    Since Segares was recently treated with the plasma therapy, does that mean he also had or has a groin injury that the Fire did not report? Or was the plasma therapy for the MCL sprain? Seems kinda odd, but then again I'm no doctor and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The plasma therapy that Gonzalo had was for the MCL sprain. The procedure can be done on any part of the body (Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers also had PRP therapy on his MCL during last year's NFL playoffs) and its use seems to be increasing in the sports world.

    If you want to know more about it, The New York Times did a story on it and I've provided the link both in the story (I just added it in) and below.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/sports/17blood.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Soccer America reported that Gonzo almost went in as a sub in the WC qualifier.

    http://www.socceramerica.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.san&s=34699&Nid=10647&p=133220

  • In reply to cesba:

    Wow, he can fly to DC and play for Costa Rica but Hamlett indicated that he just started training?!

    Anybody know if the Soccer America report is accurate?

  • In reply to cesba:

    I checked again and it says he DID play. I Tivo'd the game so I'm going to scroll to the end and check it out. In the meantime, can we pull and AC Milan and sue the Costa Ricans?

  • In reply to cesba:

    The box score on ESPN.com listed the subs as Nunez, Suazo, and Martinez. They list Martinez as #12.

    I think soccer america is incorrect.

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