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First look: Roger Espinoza, Ike Opara return to Sporting KC training

Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara.
Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara. Special to The Star

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes has repeatedly said he hopes to have Roger Espinoza and Ike Opara back in time for the MLS playoffs. Evident by a post Monday morning, both players are inching closer to making that a reality.

Espinoza was diagnosed with a fracture in his left foot back in August that was expected to sideline him for 10 weeks. Before the injury, he had recorded one goal and four assists in 17 league appearances in his first season back with Sporting KC after spending two years with Wigan Athletic in England.

Opara, meanwhile, ruptured his Achilles' following an awkward challenge against Real Salt Lake on April 11.

Despite the video, there’s no timetable on a return for either player. Espinoza recently got rid of his walking boot and Opara only just warmed up with the team for the first time on Oct. 9. Both will need to participate in full, organized workouts before Vermes gradually inserts them into game action.

Sporting KC returns to the field on Friday at 10 p.m. against the San Jose Earthquakes.