Chicago vs. Houston - MLS # 20 - Potential Roster Changes for Saturday

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One Fire player returns to the starting line up while another might have to sit out Saturday's game against the Houston Dynamo.

According to the Chicago Fire website, Patrick Nyarko has returned to practice this week and is expected to be back in the lineup for Saturday in Houston. Per the article:

"I feel pretty good," Nyarko told reporters after training on Tuesday. "I feel like the only reason I couldn’t play the game was because I couldn’t be around guys. I wasn’t bed-ridden or anything. I think I caught it really early and treated it."

This is good news for the Fire as it sounds like Nyarko will not have any lingering issues from his illness.

Over on the other wing, Dilly Duka tweaked his hamstring against D.C. United on Saturday. Per the same article:

"I definitely did it in the first half," he said. "I came out in the second half and felt like it was only going to get worse. Maybe I should have come out at halftime but once you stop play, your body is resting. Once I started that warm-up in the second half, I felt it and it took me a minute or two to get subbed."

Duka did disappear from during the last 15 minutes of the first half against D.C. He only had 3 passes during that final stretch. The good news here is that the Fire medical staff are monitoring the situation and he could still be ready to play on Saturday.

If Duka does sit this game out, the most likely scenario would be to have Nyarko take Duka's place out right while Joel Lindpere would start his second straight game out on the left.

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