After quad tweak, Gonzalo Segares set to step back in Chicago Fire lineup

Veteran defender praises Hunter Jumper's performance in his absence

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- With the return of Gonzalo Segares imminent, the Fire are set to start close to their first choice backline against Houston, Sunday.

Segares recovered and trained in full from a right quad strain suffered last Friday that kept him out of Sunday’s 3-1 victory over New York.

“I feel good,” Segares told Chicago-Fire.com. “I think the few days off definitely helped me feel to feel better. The inflammation has gone down and I feel that I’m almost 100 percent.” 

With Chicago being an injury-laden team five games into the year, he knows first-hand how easy it can be to pick up knocks.

“You never know, last week I was doing pretty well until Friday, so I just need to keep up with my treatment.”

During his time out, Fire head coach Frank Klopas gave second-year defender Hunter Jumper his first career MLS start and the University of Virginia product showed he could be a more than capable fill-in.

“I think he did great,” said Segares. “I talked to him a little bit and you know, he’s a very good player. He just needs to be confident and play his style of soccer.

He’s a guy that plays simple and has a decent touch. I think that against a pretty offensive group like New York, he went in there and did excellent.”