Early in the second half of the Rapids’ match against Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park last Saturday, Colorado had to contend with another injury as defender Marvell Wynne left the game with a right quad strain. Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja is optimistic that Wynne won’t be out for long.
“Normally it takes a few weeks, but the response from Marv in the last two days has been great,” Pareja told ColoradoRapids.com Tuesday afternoon. “Marv is a great professional, and it could be less time because the trainers are doing a great job. We’re hoping that Marv and his recovery can be shorter than what it might be normally.”
Pareja stressed that he didn’t want to put a timeframe on Wynne’s return to game action, since injuries of that nature can vary week-to-week, or even day-to-day.
"That’s why we don’t like to put a timeframe on it," Pareja said.
While the Rapids will be eager to see Wynne back in the lineup, it seems unlikely that the speedy defender will be available for the match in Houston on Sunday. However Pareja hopes Wynne could return as early as the following match, against Toronto FC at home on May 4.
“It’s going to be difficult to have him ready for this weekend, for sure,” said Pareja. “So we’re going to wait at least a week to see how he’s developed to say if he’s probable for the following week or not. He has showed before that sometimes he recovers faster than other times. But as I said, Marv is a great professional. I hope the recovery goes that well.”
Wynne started the first four matches at right back before shifting to the center over the last four games. Shane O'Neill, who parterned with Wynne at center back when Drew Moor was unavailable, is the leading candidate to fill in while Wynne recovers.