Outside midfielder Patrick Nyarko thinks he'll be ready for selection for Sunday's game in Houston against the Dynamo.
Nyarko pulled his hamstring in the Fire's friendly against Minnesota FC United and sat out the team's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park last Sunday. But after training this week, the talented Ghanaian is eyeing Sunday's game as a chance to regain his form.
The weather in Houston on Sunday is expected to reach 90 degrees. While that is typically not ideal for any soccer player, the nature of Nyarko's injury has caused him to favor the warmer weather.
Among his biggest challenges in training this week has been dealing with Chicago's cold weather.
"It's definitely better if you pick one out of the two weathers, for sure the warm weather," Nyarko said. "Because coming back on Wednesday that's when it rained in the morning, it was very cold and you could definitely tell the difference between the two because when play stopped the hamstring just really tightened back up."
When pressed Nyarko said that he felt he could go 90 minutes, noting that without a full preseason he was able to play 90 minutes in the season-opener. That indicates that he needs little time to regain fitness after injury.
Prior to Sunday's win, Nyarko was the only Fire player to score in the team's first four games.