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Dynamo watching health of Bruin, Dixon, Sarkodie closely

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HOUSTON – Injuries are once again a topic for the Houston Dynamo. This time it’s the health of youngsters Will Bruin, Alex Dixon and Kofi Sarkodie that’s dominating training-table discussion.

The three second-year players were held out of training Monday afternoon to deal with issues surrounding their injuries.

Sarkodie, who made his only appearance of the season against D.C. United April 28, was expected to be absent as the second-year pro has been in a walking boot for over a month to recuperate a right-ankle injury he’s been battling throughout the early portion of the season. Relegated to rehab work since, the right back shed the walking boot Monday and is expected to resume light training soon.

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“He got his cast off today and he’ll be brought back slowly,” head coach Dominic Kinnear told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. “There’s no chance he’ll be available [for Sunday’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps].”

While Sarkodie’s situation is clear, Bruin and Dixon spent Monday seeking clearance as both are dealing with concussion symptoms.

Dixon, who took a hard shot in last Tuesday’s US Open Cup match against the San Antonio Scorpions, was not active for the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup match on May 31 against Valencia and was missing at Monday's training with what Kinnear said is a mild concussion. Bruin was forced to the leave the match against Valencia, a 2-1 loss, after taking a blow to the head in the second half.

The pair was scheduled to see a doctor Monday to gauge their symptoms and determine when they can resume training.

“You have to step away from sports altogether,” Kinnear said. “You want them to be healthy, you want them to play but [they need] to be healthy away from the field and be competitive.”

If all goes well, all three could be on the field in some capacity as early as Tuesday.

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com.