COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 28: Conor Casey #9 of the Colorado Rapids enters the game for Omar Cummings #14 of the Colorado Rapids in the 92nd miniute against Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 28, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. The Rapids defeated Chivas USA 4-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
From what we've heard over the past few days, we should be in for a small bit of good news when the game against the Vancouver Whitecaps rolls around tomorrow. Conor Casey and Brian Mullan could be slated to return in that game after nursing various injuries through that 21 day layoff with no league games.
Unfortunately, Marvell Wynne will not be playing and Chris Bianchi broke the news today that Omar Cummings, though he was rumored to be making his return, did not travel to Vancouver. Both the forward and defender were slated to be out for about a month when they were both injured around the same time in May. Unfortunately, that was early May and it's taking longer than expected to get them both back to full health.
This could mean that the top three in the 4-3-3 formation will be changed from the last game against the Impact, where Wells Thompson, Andre Akpan and Tony Cascio got the starts, to the first line-up we saw on opening day excepting Casey up top instead of Cummings. Casey, Cummings, Mullan was the projected starting three up there from the start this season assuming all three of them were ever healthy at the same time. Perhaps against San Jose we'll see that group or at least just Casey/Cummings/Cascio. (Triple C threat line!)
This only adds to the great depth of talent available at forward and in the midfield, but unfortunately Marvell Wynne will not be joining the list of names we'll see back on the field. That leaves the defense, already the weakest part of the team, in dire straits ahead of the Whitecaps match.
In other words, it's probably good that Casey could be coming back. We're gonna need to score three goals or more if that defense plays as badly as it did against the Impact, especially facing a team that has Eric Hassli, Sebastien Le Toux et al. up top. Shame that Cummings will be out, we're still seeking their first playing time together on the same field since last year.