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No word yet on whether Johns Hopkins midfielder John Greeley will start

Johns Hopkins is two days away from its season and home opener against Siena, and one of the few questions facing the Blue Jays is the status of senior midfielder John Greeley, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in an 8-2 loss to Navy on April 21.

Greeley, who underwent surgery on the knee in May, has been cleared to practice and is participating fully, but coach Dave Pietramala said he hasn’t made any determination on whether Greeley or senior Lee Coppersmith will join senior John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida on the first midfield.

“You can see a lot of different things this weekend,” Pietramala said Wednesday morning. “We’ve got a number of guys that we can use at that position, and we’re going to use some different combinations.”

One factor could be Friday’s forecast for rain. According to Weather.com, there’s a 70 percent chance of precipitation in Baltimore, and the rain could make Homewood Field slick and risky for a player trying to run and pivot on a surgically repaired knee.

But Pietramala said the weather won’t have any impact on his thought process regarding Greeley.

“He’s practiced in the rain, he’s practiced in some snow,” Pietramala said. “The climate and weather will have nothing to do with any of the decisions that we make in regards to personnel.”

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