Sounders forward Jordan Morris practiced on the side Monday after being sent home early by the U.S. Men’s National Team to rehab his injured ankle ahead of Friday’s game against Atlanta United
Sounders forward Jordan Morris is back early from the U.S. Men’s National Team as he tries to get his ankle ready for Friday’s game against Atlanta United.
Morris hurt the ankle a week ago Sunday and did not play for the USMNT in its win over Honduras last Friday. He did some running off to the side on Monday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, but Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer could not say yet whether he’ll be out there when Atlanta comes to town.
“He’s out here running around a little bit, just seeing our (medical) guys who are taking a look at him,” Schmetzer said. “So, it’s day-to-day. I’d say day-to-day. He came back earlier in the year (from training camp in South Carolina last month) and it was day-to-day so that in itself, that experience helps him. He knows what to feel for and how he feels so we’ll just keep trying to progress him every day and then hopefully he’s ready to play on Friday.”
Morris was not made available for media interviews.
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But the Sounders so far have been cautious about brining guys back too quickly, especially in Morris’ case given his short off-season. Morris had only a few weeks of rest after the MLS Cup run and then reported to USMNT camp in January.
The Sounders do have top-notch substitute Will Bruin to play up top if Morris can’t go. Veteran goal-scorer Bruin got a long look against Club Necaxa last week and has impressed during the playing time he’s gotten so far after coming over from Houston in an off-season trade.
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