Timbers Update: Jewsbury, Johnson out, Kah suspended, McKenzie returns

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Orr of Stumptown Footy took a few minutes today to update us on what's changed with Portland Timbers since the last time we met — you know, last week.

Who's injured and suspended from last time we met?

Jack Jewsbury is hurt again, though he did not play in the last Portland-Salt Lake game, and Will Johnson is still out with his shoulder blade injury. Pa Kah has been suspended due to yellow card accumulation, so he will not be available at all on Friday night. Ben Zemanski is not 100% but he'll be forced back into midfield duty with so many other injuries in the team. Frederic Piquionne is also still out with a lingering ankle injury.

Who's returning?

Futty Danso has been out with a foot injury for most of August but Caleb Porter said on Thursday that he might be starting alongside Andrew Jean-Baptiste in central defense. If not, Futty will at least be in the 18 while Rauwshan McKenzie would be the starter. Diego Chara is returning from yellow card suspension that caused him to miss last weekend's game in Seattle, though you'll remember he picked up that card in fouling Javier Morales in Portland. David Horst is also supposedly returning from long-term injury, though he will only play in the reserve game on Saturday.

(Ed. note: You may remember Rauwshan McKenzie — and rightly so, as he played for RSL in 2010 and 2011. Oh, and David Horst, who was with RSL from 2008 to 2010.)

How will this affect your side?

The issues in central midfield could continue as it's been since June that both Will Johnson and Chara have played together, though Zemanski, when healthy is a pretty good replacement for Johnson. Elsewhere, the onus will really be on either Futty or McKenzie to step up after either missing a number of games in Futty's case or never having played in the first team for McKenzie. Though Kah is prone to losing his mind, when he's paired with Jean-Baptiste, it's a pretty decent partnership. In the attacking half of the field, though, no changes are expected this week. Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe and Ryan Johnson should be the starters and are expected to continue their good form.

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