While nothing is yet confirmed, it's looking more and more likely that Darlington Nagbe, our #2 overall SuperDraft pick will be taking the field this Saturday against the New England Revolution in Boston. Darlington Nagbe was dressed and ready to come on as a substitute in the Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA game this past Tuesday, but head coach John Spencer opted not to use him when the game didn't need to go into overtime.
"It’s a possibility," Spencer said regarding Saturday's game. "I don’t want to push him too much in case something happens to him. We’re probably a little over-cautious with him."
John Spencer is, obviously, very hesitant in causing additional injury to a player who is so valuable to the team. Such a move ended poorly when the Portland Timbers brought in midfielder Sal Zizzo against Toronto FC only to have the midfielder reinjure his shoulder. Sal Zizzo is now expected to sit out from games until he is fully healed. Such precautions seem to be at the forefront of John Spencer's mind.
Still, Darlington Nagbe suited up the other night which means he will probably, at the very least, suit up against the New England Revolution on Saturday making his appearance all the more likely.
Getting Nagbe meaningful minutes could also be important in our lead up to our April 14th Chicago Fire home game where many fans will expect the Portland Timbers to win. Darlington Nagbe will need to be match fit ready for that game.