On Saturday, Teal Bunbury and Kevin Alston returned from injury as they made substitute appearances against the Colorado Rapids. The weekend also brought injury updates for several other New England Revolution players.
When the Revolution announced their starting eleven, Daigo Kobayashi’s name was a glaring omission. The Japanese midfielder has been sensational in recent weeks, even helping to create the team’s first goal of 2015. Kobayashi was held out from the game because of a hamstring injury. Andy Dorman started in Kobayashi’s stead and no timeline has been given.
In the 67th minute, Jose Goncalves departed early with a calf injury. The move appears to be precautionary as Goncalves felt that something wasn’t right. Alston entered for the captain, shifting Darrius Barnes to the middle.
Heaps said they were able to get Goncalves (calf) out before injury became serious. Said no one knows their body better than Jose.— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) April 5, 2015
The news wasn’t all bad, however, as team staff writer and online host Jeff Lemieux provided a positive update on the condition of Jermaine Jones. The Designated Player has made good progress since rejoining the Revolution a week ago and could be available to play against Columbus Crew SC. Jones did travel with the team to Colorado but didn’t make the gameday 18.
Heaps also said Jermaine Jones had a great week of training, and if he keeps progressing, he should be an option for next Saturday. #NERevs— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) April 5, 2015