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ASN Injury Report

Updates on Johannsson, Howard, Cameron, Rubin

FC Utrecht attacker Rubio Rubin is on the comeback trail, and so is Werder Bremen striker Aron Johannsson. Here are updates on eight American players who are recovering from injuries. 
BY Nick Kariuki Posted
February 12, 2016
3:00 PM

FC Utrecht expects Rubio Rubin to be back in training at the beginning of March and, barring any setbacks, playing again in mid-March, the club told American Soccer Now on Wednesday. The striker has been recovering from a surgery in October to deal with a stress fracture in his foot.

Danny Williams is questionable for Reading’s match against Burnley on Saturday after picking up a hamstring problem in the 0-0 draw against Wolves, according to getreading. Williams has scored six goals in all competitions so far this season, which is already a career best for the midfielder at the Royals.

Geoff Cameron’s ankle injury will still keep him out of the Stoke City squad that travels to Bournemouth on Saturday, which stretches his absence from the squad to nine matches. Stoke’s injury woes have contributed to a three-match losing streak. The Potters should find some solace after Saturday when there will be a two-week break to rest and replenish ranks.

Tim Howard is still a doubt to rejoin Everton’s starting XI this Saturday against West Brom. A knock to his knee in training has kept the keeper out for the last two league fixtures and his understudy, Joel Robles, has managed capably with three clean sheets in Howard’s absence. Everton manager Roberto Martinez told the club today that he’ll make a full assessment when Howard rejoins team training, hopefully at the end of this week. Howard, along with center-back John Stones, “have a chance to be involved, I need to see them in a group environment before they can join the squad.” Martinez said.

On Wednesday Werder Bremen posted this tweet of Aron Jóhannsson working on his return from a nerve irritation in his right hip:

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has remained cautious with his captain Brad Evans, despite the player’s return to full training. Evans missed both the Sounder’s 2-1 losses to the Portland Timbers and Mexican side Celeya FC on Saturday and Tuesday respectively. “We’ve just got to wait to ramp him up to full speed,” Schmid told the club on Monday. “We’re going to be a little cautious with that.” The Sounders will next face the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday.

Will Bruin played his first game of the Houston Dynamo’s preseason against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, but had to be subbed off after only 37 minutes as a precaution for his groin injury. Houston went on to win the match 1-0. Bruin was back on the field on Tuesday and saw out his sixty minutes in a 2-0 scrimmage defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark has remained out due to his minor injury. The midfielder has turned in some training sessions and Houston coach Owen Coyle said he hopes to have him ready for Saturday’s scrimmage against Houston Baptist University. Coyle said to the club on Tuesday that Clark “trained well again but we won’t risk him in minutes, but hopefully come the weekend he’s able to get minutes and we start building up looking close to people we feel will be starters in the team and start moving it from there.”

Sean Johnson earned his first competitive minutes since the labral tear in his left shoulder on Sept. 11 last year, coming on for the second half of the Chicago Fire’s 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Thursday. The 26-year-old was part of Jürgen Klinsmann’s USMNT January camp, but didn’t feature in either win over Iceland or Canada.

Nick Kariuki is an ASN contributor. Follow him on Twitter.

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