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Jordan Morris closing in on Seattle Sounders return

Chris Smith
Morris quickly re-established himself as a key player for the Sounders following his last ACL injury.
Morris quickly re-established himself as a key player for the Sounders following his last ACL injury. / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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After eight months on the sidelines, Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris is finally on the verge of returning to full fitness.

The United States international has been working to overcome an ACL tear sustained while on loan at Swansea City back in February - one which once again curtailed his chances of playing in Europe.

The Sounders have coped well in his absence and currently sit top of the Western Conference. But with the post-season moving into view, Morris would undoubtedly offer a huge boost given his record of six goals and two assists in 16 previous MLS Cup Playoff appearances.

The 26-year-old has been back in training for some time now. Ahead of their trip to the Houston Dynamo this weekend, Seattle head coach Brian Schmetzer revealed Morris is now just awaiting medical approval to return to competitive action.

"He's at his doctor to get final clearance to come back in absolute full, full, full training. That's where he's at. He will meet us in Houston," Schmetzer said (via MLSsoccer.com). "We will hear from the doctors what they say, but I know what our medical staff is saying, that he has to complete X amount of training and he'll be eligible for selection.

"The first step of that is to get doctor's clearance to get to absolutely full training. And we'll ramp him up very quickly because he's already done a lot of the hard work already. It's not going to be a massive amount of time, and when they tell me, we'll get him back out there."

Though Morris is due to link up with his teammates in Houston, Schmetzer did insist the likelihood of him actually featuring in this weekend's game is slim.

"That's probably my decision that it's probably a little early, I need him to get through a couple of training sessions," he added. "But he's going to meet us down there and he's a tough kid. And if the doctors [clear him], who knows?"

Upon his return from a previous ACL injury, Morris was named Comeback Player of the Year after notching ten goals and six assists in 26 regular-season appearances in 2019, en route to the Sounders winning the MLS Cup. The USMNT forward netted three goals in four games during the playoffs.

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