The injury woes of the Washington Diplomats continue unabated as the team prepares for its game at RFK Stadium, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, with the Portland Timbers.
The newest resident of the training room is defender Robert Iarusci. The steady Canadian has been bothered since Wednesday by a pinched nerve in his neck -- a recurrence of an injury last season -- and is doubtful for the game. If he can't play, Carmine Marcantonio or Gary Darrell probably will take his spot on defense.
Midfielder Joe Horvath, out last week with a knee strain went through agility drills yesterday but did not practice and is doubtful for Sunday. Juan Jose Lozano, who started in his place and played well last week, will continue at that spot. Wim Jansen should return to the midfield, meaning Marcantonio can move back to defense.
Johan Cruyff has had various aches and pains all week and did not train until yesterday. But he will be ready Sunday. Backup goalie Dragan Radovich injured ligaments in his foot Tuesday and is doubtful. If he cannot dress Coach Gordon Bradley probably will ask retired former Diplomat Kurt Kuykendall, who stepped into a similar situation in indoor soccer two years ago, to dress as Bill Irwin's backup.
How bad is the injury situation?
"Well," Bradley said, "if I didn't have a bad leg myself, I might play Sunday."