Ever since David Accam has been out with a knee injury, the Chicago Fire's attack has lacked any sort of consistent threat.
The team has scored just two goals in the four matches without him, both by Kennedy Igobananike. As a result, Accam's injury status has continued to be a storyline worth following.
In coach Veljko Paunovic's weekly conference call with members of the media, the coach talked about Accam's injury, as he has done each week since it occurred.
“Unfortunately David Accam is still in the same stage of recovery, which is not good news for us," Paunovic said. "We are sad about it because the team needs David. We expect that as soon as he recovers, from the point of view of our style and how we want to play it's going to be an improvement, but David is still going through that process of recovery. We have to wait.”
The Fire do have a bye weekend coming up so Accam has 11 days to recover for the April 30 match against D.C. United. A more optimistic piece of news regarding Accam's injury is a tweet he sent out a couple hours after the conference call.
Thank God am back running again🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/dampdPX1BN— king David Accam (@iamdavidaccam) April 19, 2016
In other injury news, Paunovic said goalkeeper Sean Johnson is expected to return as a full participant in practice this week. His wrist injury forced him to practice as a field player for two weeks and he returned to goalkeeper drills on April 13, but he was training on the side with goalkeeper coach Aleksandar Saric.
Paunovic also discussed the decision to start midfielder Matt Polster on the bench against Montreal on Saturday. As Paunovic has mentioned previously, Polster's early workload this season has become a minor concern and that was the main reason why he didn't start against the Impact, and also why he was substituted out in New York the previous game.
"He had a good start, a big load of games, the national team and we have to take care of him," Paunovic said. "He was very important in the game. It’s a long season in front of us and we have to manage all these things.
"I think his performance in the second half helped the team. At least we created the possession with him and Nick LaBrocca when he came in, which was something that we were struggling with in the first half."
As the Fire head into the off weekend, the team is having two-a-day training sessions and will play a full 11 vs. 11 intrasquad match at training on Friday.