Schellas Hyndman was pretty quick to say how well things are progressing for his main three injured players this morning at training. The trio of George John, Andrew Jacobson and David Ferreira all participated in training this week and were even taking part in some drills that involved contact.
Both John and Ferreira took part in all the team drills this week and were playing with the first group on Friday's training session. Jacobson on the other hand is still more of a work in progress according to Hyndman.
"AJ is still getting healthy," said Hyndman. "Whether he can play or give us 10 or 15 minutes will be determined."
Still the club's injury report still has two of the players listed for the weekend but you can take that with a grain of salt.
IR: Ugo Ihemelu (concussions) Peter Luccin (torn ACL)
Questionable: George John (knee strain), Andrew Jacobson (hamstring strain) and Matt Hedges (hamstring strain)
Obviously seeing Hedges on the list may be a surprise to some but the second year defender has been a tad banged up for some of this season.
"Yeah, Matt Hedges is being evaluated," said Hyndman. "Today we took him into a precaution recovery training. He really gave a gutsy performance at Seattle because we were going to take him off at halftime. He wanted to stay on in that game but he paid the price for it. We watched him this week and today but now we have to evaluate it."
Another interesting tidbit from Friday's training was about Zach Loyd. The veteran defender sat out of practice today which made the first team pairings in training very interesting with Walker Zimmerman alongside George John and London Woodberry on the flanks.
"He strained his leg a little bit yesterday in training, he made a turn and made it feel a little pop," said Hyndman of Loyd." So we got him into treatment right away yesterday and today we hadn't made a decision to get him more treatment. But indications are that he should be okay for tomorrow."