, three Sporting Kansas City players didn't make the trip to train with the team in Phoenix, Ariz.: Forward Teal Bunbury (dislocated elbow), winger Ryan Smith (recovering, still, from lingering knee issues) and third-round SuperDraft pick Konrad Warzycha (femoral condyle defect in his right knee, out 6-8 months).
Bunbury isn't a surprise, they'll want to limit his air travel/stress until he is closer to healed. The team's trainer, Chet North, indicated he could join the team before the camp ends. But the news on Smith and Warzycha is quite surprising.
Smith, who missed the last few games of the 2010 season dealing with family issues, had off-season surgery to clean up a previous ACL surgery. He was expected to participate in the second-leg of training. This news could put a serious damper on his ability to be match fit come March 19 (less than 28 days away now). He is listed as day-to-day (but then again, aren't we all?) as he rehabs at Providence Medical Center and the team's Swope Park Training Facility.
For Warzycha, the situation is fairly complex. He's a draft pick and, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't yet signed a contract. The son of Columbus head coach Robert could miss most, if not all, of the season with this injury. Does the team (who like him as a developmental player) sign him and move him to injured reserve? Do they make the business decision and cut ties? Warzycha, 22, has returned to his hometown of Columbus to undergo surgery.
We hope to have more word on the status of Sporting Kansas City's roster before the double-header this Saturday in Arizona.
What say you on these injuries?