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Sporting news: Smith rumors false, Bravo battling back pain, Rocastle out 6-8 weeks

A few interesting tidbits from Peter Vermes' press conference today.

• Sporting Kansas City -- specifically, Vermes and CEO Robb Heineman -- haven't talked with Atlas, who are allegedly on the trail of Ryan Smith. Vermes said they have a good working relationship with Atlas and if there was legitimate interest, KC would know.

• So, why did Ryan Smith delete his Twitter account? Well, I didn't get a chance to ask him personally, but Kei Kamara tweeted


. Basically, Smith got bored and it got too personal for him. Craig Rocastle also "quit" the Tweet game.

• Kansas City has just two nagging injuries: Smith's groin strain still isn't healed and the lower back contusion Omar Bravo picked up in the home opener is still bothering him. Both are game-time decisions. (Though one of them saw time with the "first" team in a short training session on Thursday.)

• The major injury news is that Rocastle will miss 6-to-8 weeks after surgery to repair his meniscus. He injured his right knee during a Gold Cup game last week with Grenada. He also ruptured his PCL, but it doesn't require surgery.

Rocastle is a big loss -- his patience and passing ability have been sorely lacking of late.

• Stephane Auvray, who played his first game at Livestrong Sporting Park on Tuesday with Guadeloupe, will not feature in Friday's game against San Jose. Vermes said he's giving Auvray the weekend off to recover and will have him back in the fold on Monday.

• The only two Kansas City players still in the Gold Cup: Roger Espinoza and Shavar Thomas.

• With the proliferation of fixtures piling up (three in the next 8 days), the Sporting KC manager expects to rotate his squad a bit. He said on Thursday he has a good idea of his 18, but hasn't settled on a starting 11 quite yet.