A look at the mid week injury report shows Sebastian Grazzini and Mike Banner as questionable. Banner, who has not played in a regular season match this year while recovering from achilles injuries was Gonzalo Segares’ most likely replacement at left back before spraining his ankle during a first half collision in Tuesday’s reserve league match. Frank Klopas has indicated that Cory Gibbs or Dan Gargan could move to left back on Saturday against San Jose. Pari Pantazopoulos has seen time at left back in reserve league play but he was moved to midfield on Tuesday. The Fire’s open tryout winner also struggled at center back on August 28 against the Rapids and doesn’t appear to be in the plans for this weekend.
Forward Gabriel Ferrari suffered a left ACL tear late in the first half of that same Colorado reserve match on the 28th and will miss the rest of the season.
San Jose is struggling but it will be important to have Sebastian Grazzini available for obvious reasons. In other midfield injury news, Pavel Pardo says he’s ready to go after exiting his last match due to tightness in his calf.
CHICAGO FIRE — OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari (L knee ACL tear); DF Steven Kinney (lower abdominal strain); MF Marko Maric (L ankle posterior capsulitis); DOUBTFUL: DF Mike Banner (R ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Corben Bone (R knee contusion); MF Sebastian Grazzini (R hamstring tightness)
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES — OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Ike Opara (L foot injury); FW Alan Gordon (surgery); FW Steven Lenhart (family leave); PROBABLE: MF Brad Ring (R shoulder sprain); MF Anthony Ampaipitakwong (L groin strain)