New England Revolution fans were understandably concerned when Jermaine Jones was replaced at halftime during last Saturday's game against the Montreal Impact. The early exit was related to the barrage of hard tackles that Jones was forced to endure, many of which came from Calum Mallace.
The midfield general was hopeful after the game, saying that x-rays came back negative and that he didn't think the injury was "too bad." Head coach Jay Heaps expressed similar sentiments during his post-game conference when said that "we just want to be smart and we took him out."
Intrigued heightened on Wednesday when Brian O'Connell of NESoccerToday.com sent the following tweet:
#NERevs training. Jones, Macca only absences best I could tell. Shalrie, Rochester loanees all accounted for. pic.twitter.com/56LjfmMFc9— Brian O'Connell (@BrianOConnell21) September 17, 2014
O'Connell would later report that Heaps was optimistic about the injury while also noting that the coaching staff doesn't want to push Jones too hard. Jones was officially listed as questionable with a left leg contusion on Thursday's injury report.
More news came out on Friday when MLSSoccer.com's Craig Forde reported that Jones was a full participant in practice. Forde sent the following tweet:
Jermaine Jones was at #NERevs training session today and was a full participant, did not look to be slowed by left foot injury— Craig Forde (@Craig_Forde) September 19, 2014
With many important games on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what role, if any, Jones plays in Saturday's game against the Columbus Crew.