Patrick Nyarko and the Fire had trouble finding space against Philadelphia.
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Nyarko not seriously injured after Carrasco tackle

Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko won’t miss Thursday’s match at Portland after he was injured by a harsh challenge late in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Seattle.

“I’m alright,” Nyarko told on Monday. “I went to training today and it’s not too bad; just a big bruise but nothing that I can’t fight through.”

The Ghanaian midfielder, who has one assist in three matches this season, went down in a heap after Sounders midfielder Servando Carrasco caught his left leg with a rough tackle in second-half stoppage time. He was subbed off shortly thereafter, while Carrasco was yellow carded for the challenge.

“I don’t know what his intentions were, I was always a favorite to get to the ball,” Nyarko said. “I got hit and then I just felt pure pain. I think the only thing that was very fortunate, the only thing that helped me was picking my leg off the ground so I didn’t have further damage. I think if my leg was on the ground a second longer I would’ve broken it.

“I’m moving on it. It’s going to get better ... and I’ll be ready for Thursday.”

Sam Stejskal covers the Chicago Fire for Email him at and follow him on Twitter @samstejskal.