Among the three injured D.C. United center backs, Dejan Jakovic appears the furthest along in his recovery. But the Canadian veteran, who has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle last month, isn’t sure he will be back in time for Saturday’s MLS away match against the Houston Dynamo.
“It’s about getting comfortable again,” he said after participating in full workouts Wednesday at the RFK Stadium training grounds. “I’m limping a little bit. I am pretty much day to day. I’m happy to be back training with the team.”
With Emiliano Dudar and Ethan White recovering from injuries as well, and Coach Ben Olsen using a makeshift backline in recent matches, would Jakovic be able to start Saturday?
“It would be tough. I don’t want to put my team in a hole just because I am not able to do certain movements. It’s getting better. I’ve been out for a while, so I need to get match fit, but I’ve been running and that shouldn’t be a problem.”
Last Saturday in Saturday, Olsen called on midfielder Andy Najar at right back, Chris Korb at left back and Brandon McDonald in the middle alongside usual left back Daniel Woolard.
Right back Robbie Russell, who has played in the middle this season, seems fine after sitting out a match with a hamstring ailment.
My guess for the Houston match: Najar on the right, Russell and McDonald in the middle, and Woolard on the left.
United seems inclined to bring back Jakovic next week, when the club has Wednesday and Saturday matches against the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC, respectively.