List of injured Chicago players keeps growing
BRIDGEVIEW Ill. – Add defender Josip Mikulic and midfielder Mike Videira to the growing list of injured Chicago Fire players.
Both suffered injuries over the weekend and sat out training on Tuesday, joining midfielder Logan Pause – who missed Saturday’s match at Colorado with a hamstring strain – on the sidelines.
Defender Cory Gibbs, who, like Pause, missed Saturday’s game with a hamstring strain, only participated in the first half of Tuesday’s practice.
Mikulic (pictured above) injured his right shoulder in the 28th minute of Saturday’s game at Colorado and was subbed off shortly thereafter. The 25-year-old center back, who was wearing a sling and street clothes on Tuesday, is not expected to play this weekend against Vancouver.
“The doctor told me it’s not a severe situation but we need to wait,” Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos told MLSsoccer.com about Mikulic's injury.
Videira suffered a concussion in training on Friday, taking a ball off the side of his head during a crossing drill. The midfielder told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday that his symptoms were mostly gone and, pending the results of tests taken later Tuesday, he could begin training as early as Wednesday.
However, even if Videira does resume practicing on Wednesday, it’s no guarantee that he’ll be ready for Saturday’s match.
“I don’t know if [I’ll be able to play this weekend],” Videira said. “These things are really touch-and-go, but I do feel better already.”
De los Cobos said that doesn’t expect Pause to play on Saturday. The manager said he’s unsure whether or not Gibbs will be available against the Whitecaps.
Sam Stejskal covers the Chicago Fire for MLSsoccer.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @samstejskal.