Thorrington hopeful to return from quad injury for home opener


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire midfielder John Thorrington just can't stay off the injury report.

Last week, an MRI revealed damage to Thorrington's left quad, and it was a lingering injury that occurred in preseason in Mexico.

"It started off as something I thought I could just play through," Thorrington said Tuesday. "And when it became clear that I couldn't just play through it, that's when we sort of took a step back and gave it some time. We ended up getting the MRI when I was back here in Chicago last week. It's just unfortunate to see that it was more extensive that we had thought."

Thorrington hopes he can make himself available for the Fire's home opener on April 10 against the San Jose Earthquakes. But that timetable could be a stretch.

"It's not an exact science with the treatment we're doing," Thorrington said. "The recovery times can vary, but it's my hope [to be back for the home opener]. I'm doing everything I possibly can do to make sure that happens. I've always taken the approach of ... don't set expectations, and you're less likely to be disappointed."

The 30-year-old midfielder was limited to 19 regular-season games last year, missing a couple matches while serving red cards and missed additional time with a groin/hip issue. In 2009 he had one assist and didn't score a goal, but he did play a big part in the playoffs. Thorrington missed roughly a two-month stretch, then helped lift the Fire past the New England Revolution and into the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I was definitely disappointed to be missing last week's game -- and any game, obviously," Thorrington said. "But having opening day, such a special game when everyone's so excited, especially the opening of a new stadium and what have you, that's been a game I was looking forward to ever since we got over last year."