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Nyarko unlikely to play Sunday, slew of other players injured

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As much as it hurt to lose 1-0 to NASL side Minnesota United FC, the worst news that came out of Friday's friendly was that outside midfielder Patrick Nyarko sustained a right hamstring strain.

Nyarko trained inside Tuesday along with fellow starting outside midfielder Dilly Duka who has missed the Fire's 4-1 loss at home to Chivas USA on March 24 due to he same injury.

Fire coach Frank Klopas deemed both players unlikely to play Sunday against the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park.

Midfielder/defender Michael Videira (concussion symptoms) and defender Steven Kinney (right quad tightness) are also considered questionable for Sunday's game.

On the positive side, midfielder Logan Pause is completely healed from the ankle injury he sustained just days before the season-opener in Los Angeles and says that he is available to play a full 90 minutes. Pause hasn't played in any of the Fire's four games this season.

Center back Arne Friedrich is also officially off the club's injury report. The German international sustained a right hamstring strain prior to the season-opener, spent two weeks with his personal physical therapist in Germany and has returned to training. He was a full participant Tuesday, but Klopas hasn't determined whether he'll select Friedrich for Sunday's game.

"It's tough, a lot has to do with the time that you're out," Klopas said of Friedrich. It's difficult. He's been in it a couple of days. So I think it's been good. Obviously he feels good. The intensity has been very good the last couple of days so obviously it's just a matter of his fitness."

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