Remember how Real Salt Lake was missing 10 players against Sporting Kansas City last week, and they were forced to bring in two Real Monarchs players?
Well, that's something they won't particularly have to worry about this time around. The suspensions are over, bringing the total to 7; further, the injury crisis has eased, bringing the total to 3.
Only one player was absent from RSL's training session on Friday: Fito Ovalle, who is absent for personal reasons. We won't be speculating on what those are. Two further players weren't fully involved, although both were involved in the initial 5v2 rondo drills: Phanuel Kavita, out with an MCL injury, and Boyd Okwuonu, out with concussion.
Both players trained off to the side after the initial drills with head athletic trainer Tyson Pace, and both lasted the full length of the training session — although it's worth noting that pre-matchday training is typically a shorter affair, so it may not be the most meaningful thing.
But all told, returns were the story of training. Javier Morales, who missed last match with a broken rib, was fully involved, looking every bit his normal self in the process. Still, playing the neutral role during short-sided games on Friday was Luke Mulholland, which is a role often played by Javier Morales — does that mean he'll be starting in Morales' stead, who might not be 100 percent?
Chris Wingert, who exited last match after being hit in the head by a cross, should be available, and Yura Movsisyan, who has been dealing with a lingering hip or groin concern didn't have too much trouble.
That should leave RSL with a first-choice eleven, but we're still tasked with asking a question about Justen Glad and Jamison Olave — will Glad, after a fine performance that saw him net an important goal, continue in the lineup? Will Jamison Olave, post-red card suspension, be returned? That's the one lingering question, and we may not have an answer until 6:30 p.m. Mountain.