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Health updates: Martins, Johnson & Ianni

Eddie Johnson works on his own today and left the Starfire practice pitch ahead of his teammates again. Coach Sigi Schmid said "We'll have to see," when asked of his status for tomorrow's league match against New England.

However, Schmid had a relatively upbeat update on central defender Patrick Ianni, who has missed the whole season so far with a foot injury.

"He'll probably play in the reserve game on Monday," Schmid said. "we want to see him in a reserve game before he steps on the field. But we got him where he's trained full -- well, we were gone (to Mexico) -- but he was in full training with the reserve guys that stayed behind on Tuesday, Wednesday and so he was full-in basically the last two days with us. So, we'll see how he does in the reserve game. We'll try to get him 45 minutes and then a full week of training, and then we'll have a better evaluation at the end of next week."

Meanwhile, general manager Adrian Hanauer said the club knew of Obafemi Martins' leg tendon issue before he was signed as a designated player.

"We assume that it's something that we can manage over time," he said. "It's unfortunate, the timing of it. I think in retrospect -- I think maybe Sigi said it that game -- RSL, so quickly after joining us, maybe that was a mistake. But he's anxious to prove himself and wants to be out there. Certainly we want him out there as well. So now we have to take a step back, make sure that we get him right, and now it's a long season.

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