SANDY — Nick Rimando is questionable for Saturday's marquee match with Los Angeles because of two bone spurs in his right ankle.
One is cracked, and the other is completely broken off, but Rimando said he prefers to postpone surgery until the end of the season.
"Just knowing it's not going to cause any more damage internally with tendons or anything, and it's more so a pain-threshold thing, that's good for peace of mind," said Rimando, who is coming off a career season in 2010.
Rimando practiced with the team during its short 40-minute training session at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, but admits kicking the ball was painful. He was able to jump and do all of his other movement, however, pain free.
"As of now I'm going the route of no surgery and letting it heal on its own. Every day it's getting better. Hopefully in the next two weeks it will be 100 percent," said Rimando, who made 10 saves in RSL's season-opening win at San Jose last Saturday.
It's unlikely Rimando will ever be 100 percent with a small piece of bone floating around in his ankle. It's all about where the bone settles.
Trainers have informed Rimando that there will be good days and there will be bad days.
"As of right now it's in a good spot tucked in somewhere. I hope it stays there," said Rimando.
If the bone moves into a painful spot for an extended period of time, Rimando might end up having the surgery before the end of the season, which would keep him out about two weeks.1 comment on this story
He's hoping periodic rest throughout the season can help him avoid that fate, great news for back-up keeper Kyle Reynish.
If Rimando is scratched from Saturday's starting 11, Reynish is prepared to make his fourth-ever MLS start.
"I'll be ready like I always am. You always hope Nick's OK, but if he's not I look forward to any opportunity I can get," said Reynish.