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Heaps hopeful Rowe nearing fitness ahead of Revolution home opener

The midfielder came off injured against Houston, but all is not drab.

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New England Revolution fans far and wide were stumped somewhat to see Kelyn Rowe start this past Saturday's draw with the Houston Dynamo in a deep-lying position.

Alongside Gershon Koffie, the fifth-year player's performance was riddled with ups and downs, as he adjusted from life on the wing. Then, an even greater surprise surfaced just before the second half commenced, as Rowe was subbed off with an undisclosed knock.

On came Scott Caldwell, who many figured would deputize alongside Koffie in the heart of midfield, and Rowe's long-term status appeared uncertain. However, Jay Heaps has assuaged concerns about Rowe's status ahead of Saturday's home opener against D.C. United.

"He's doing his rehab today and we'll assess more," the head coach said after Tuesday's training at Gillette Stadium. "He's definitely feeling a lot better today than he was on Sunday, and we'll see. He's been getting some treatment and we're hopeful."

While Rowe's status isn't definitive, early signs point to Rowe possibly making the gameday roster against Ben Olsen's side.