FRISCO - Both FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo enter this weekend's Texas Derby with no new injuries to speak of, although the visitors may be getting a key piece of their attack back in time for the match.
OUT: George Malki (torn ACL), Eric Alexander (right knee MCL sprain).
PROBABLE: Alberth Elis (hamstring).
Malki, a 25-year-old defender, was lost for the 2017 season back in March when he tore an ACL in his left knee during practice. He was drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact, and signed with Houston after spending a season with Houston's USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC.
Alexander has spent two years at each of his five MLS destinations. The former FC Dallas, Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact player suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during Houston's May 6th game against Orlando City. The injury didn't force Alexander to have surgery, but he is still between five and nine weeks away from making a first team return.
Houston would receive a huge boost should Elis be declared fit for Sunday's game. Elis has five goals in 10 appearances for the Dynamo, but was held out of the team's last two matches after injuring his right hamstring on May 12th against Vancouver. Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera said Elis is "ready for this weekend."
OUT: Mauro Diaz (Achilles tendon), Paxton Pomykal (knee surgery).
The injury list for Dallas is the same as it was for Thursday's trip to Chicago. Mauro Diaz is still looking to find his match fitness before he can break into the 18-man match day roster, and Paxton Pomykal still has about four weeks left on his recovery from left knee surgery.