You always want to stay healthy as a team but a clean bill of health is tough to have this late in the Major League Soccer season. With only four games remaining, Columbus Crew SC, are fairly healthy, but head coach Gregg Berhalter provided some injury updates today at the team's training.
Forward Jack McInerney, who was recently acquired by the Black & Gold from the Montreal Impact, was a late scratch before the team's road game with D.C. United last weekend due to a hamstring injury.
"It's doing good," Berhalter said on Tuesday. "He was out there [training] in limited capacity."
Berhalter said the hamstring is nothing too serious, just a straing and that McInerney is a possibility for this Saturday's home game with the Portland Timbers.
Left back Waylon Francis, who did not play against United and was replaced by Chris Klute, is coming back from a quadriceps strain. He participated full go in most of training, but left the field during the final period. Berhalter said that was part of the plan today.
Center back Gastón Sauro made his Crew SC debut a few weeks back against FC Dallas, but only lasted a few minutes before he was knocked out of the game due to a head collision. Sauro dealt with concussion symptoms, but was back in training the last two days.
"He took part in almost all the training," Berhalter said of Sauro. "Again, he's day-to-day, but he's progressing as well."
Reserve right back Chad Barson was seen in a walking boot on Monday. Berhalter said it was an ankle injury, but provided a bit more information today.
"It's a little more than day-to-day," he said. "It should be maybe a week or something like that. It's some type of ankle injury. I'm not exactly sure the correct term. Lower extremity."
Other than that, Columbus players are good to go. Of course everyone is a little beat up at this point, but the best teams are the ones who fight through that and make it out the other end to come out on top.