While the Fire's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Toyota Park was enough for the club to celebrate about, it received news after the game that two of its starting defenders are expected to return from injury when the Fire travels to Houston on this coming Sunday.
Left back Gonzalo Segares was a late scratch from Sunday's game after he suffered a hamstring strain in training on Friday. Segares met briefly with reporters in the Toyota Park tunnel after Sunday's win and said he expects to return against Houston.
According to a Fire spokesperson, Segares met with team doctors on Sunday.
Center back Arne Friedrich has yet to play this season after he strained his right hamstring in the week of training leading up to the Fire's 4-1 loss in the season opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
Friedrich returned to his home country of Germany for a little over two weeks to receive treatment on the injured hamstring and returned to training this week and said he had experienced no pain.
"Arne's been training, so I think it looks pretty good, unless there are any setbacks before Houston," Fire coach Frank Klopas said. "I think we take it one day at a time. He trained today with the guys that didn't suit up ... so I'm hoping Tuesday that he will go with the team."