Sounders captain Brad Evans, who dislocated his left shoulder in the season opener against Sporting Kansas City, could return to action Saturday night against the Montreal Impact at CenturyLink Field.
Evans went through the team’s full training session Tuesday morning at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, sporting a shoulder brace he sarcastically referred to as “comfortable.” The 3o-year-old has missed the team’s past two matches, both losses, while rehabbing the injury suffered when he tumbled over Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer and crashed hard on the CenturyLink turf.
“Hopefully it doesn’t happen again,” Evans said. “If it does, it’ll be a big-time problem. I’m trying to rehab as much as I can, get it strong.”
“That’s why the rehab is the most important part. The labrum, which is like a buffer, tears, so I’m trying to rehab the muscles around it. That’s the one that takes the longest to heal. Making sure the muscles around it are strong, so that if an impact does come, it can handle it without damaging the labrum again.”
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Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg has continued to progress in his recovery from a knee injury, though it’s unlikely he’ll play Saturday.
“It’s always a step process,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “You step up, then you plateau, then you step up again.”