The Portland Timbers were back at it today, putting in a short recovery session as the team looks to bridge the short gap between Sunday's 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids and Thursday's playoff match against Sporting Kansas City.
With midfielder Diego Chara coming off in the 50th minute against the Rapids and forward Fanendo Adi looking somewhat less mobile than normal in the match, all eyes were on the lookout for an update from the Timbers on the health of two key players. Still, with training closed to the press until most of the team headed indoors, it was up to head coach Caleb Porter to provide the latest.
Asked about Chara after practice wrapped up, however, Porter was a stone wall.
Refusing to reveal any details of Chara's condition, Porter told the press that Chara could or could not be available for the match on Thursday. Porter also kept it cagey when asked if Jack Jewsbury or Will Johnson, both returning from injury, would be fit enough to start on Thursday.
Not giving an update on an injured player, particularly one as key to the Timbers' likely formation as any of the above holding midfielder, is hardly a surprise from Porter as he tries to hold on to every advantage going into the match against SKC.
When it came to Adi, however, Porter finally broke down, telling the press that the Timbers' striker would be available for the match against Sporting Kansas City after initially refusing to say about him as well. "Let's be real," Porter said, smiling, "Adi will be available."
Unbidden, Porter also gave an update none other person: himself. Porter, he revealed, will not be available to play against Kansas City.