Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Little Martinique

William Conwell

The Timbers had a new player at training today ahead of tomorrow's friendly match against Norwich.

The Timbers held a closed training session at their Beaverton training facility this morning and had a brief overlap with visiting Norwich who were wrapping up their training session on the team's grass pitch while the Timbers began their warmups on the turf next door.

Trialists and Guest Players

The Timbers had a new player in practice today as Olivier Thomert joined the team on trial. Thomert played alongside Frederic Piquionne for Martinique in the Gold Cup. Caleb Porter called him a left midfielder or forward, the positions that he has played for his clubs over the years, but Thomert most recently lined up at left back for Martinique in all three of the team's Gold Cup matches.

Thomert was under contract with Le Mans FC in France for the 2012-13 where he scored two goals in fifteen games as a midfielder. He has spent most of his career in France, including two earlier stints with Le Mans, one with Lens, and one with Rennes. Thomert's only experience outside France was in 2010 when he made 18 appearances for Hercules in Spain's second division.

Injuries and Absences

Diego Chara did not practice again today and spent training observing from the sidelines, still wearing the walking boot that he was spotted in yesterday. According to Porter, Chara is suffering from a swollen toe (often called "turf toe") and is "day to day".

Frederic Piquionne was still absent from training today on personal business. According to the team he is expected to be back later this week.

Rodney Wallace returned to training today after his long absence with the Costa Rican National Team for the Gold Cup. Porter mentioned that Wallace would likely get some minutes in tomorrow's friendly against Norwich.

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes was also back at training today, although he did not take part, instead watching from the sidelines.

Bright Dike again warmed up with the team, but is still limited to non-contact drills and had broken off to work out separately from the rest of the team as practice closed.

David Horst also continued working out under the direction of John Cone as he comes back from a tibial plateau fracture that he suffered early in the season.

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