New England Revolution Designated Player Xavier Kouassi has been taken off the disabled list, though his playing status for 2016 remains uncertain.
Xavier Kouassi has been removed from the disabled list. Needed to be off DL before roster freeze (9/15) to be eligible this season. #NERevs— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) September 1, 2016
It doesn't necessarily mean Kouassi will be ready to play this season, but makes sense to get him off the DL to make him eligible. #NERevs— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) September 1, 2016
The news, which was first reported by team senior staff writer and editor Jeff Lemieux, came 14 days before rosters freeze on Sept. 15. If the Revs have any intentions of trying to get Kouassi on the field this season they had to make him an active player before that date.
Kouassi, who signed as a Designated Player on Feb. 1, has been sidelined since Feb. 7 with a right knee injury he suffered while playing for FC Sion in the Swiss Super League. The injury required surgery with initial reports stating he'd be out for at least six months.
If he's able to play in 2016, Kouassi would be competing against the likes of Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie, and Je-Vaughn Watson in the center of the park.