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Revolution hope Kelyn Rowe will play against Sporting KC

Rowe returns to practice after being hospitalized last week.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

When the New England Revolution took the field against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend, there was a noticeable absence from the starting lineup. That's because Kelyn Rowe had to miss the game after being hospitalized due to an infection and inflammation in his small intestine. The 24-year-old is now back with his teammates and hopes to play against Sporting KC.

"Kelyn has been great," Lee Nguyen told local media. "Obviously, he brings that energy. [He is] another player that can cover a lot of ground, not only defensively, but can also help us get into the attack and break quickly."

Saturday was the first time this season that Rowe missed a game. In fact, the midfielder has been a regular in the starting XI, only coming off the bench once.

Through it all, Rowe has been a steady force for the Revolution this year, contributing five goals and seven assists. His most recent appearance was his most complete, as he scored two goals and added a helper en route to being named MLSSocer.com's Player of the Week.

With it still being early in the week, head coach Jay Heaps wouldn't say if Rowe would be back for the Revs this weekend. If he is ready, it would be a big boost for a team looking to make a run at the playoffs.

"He’s been in great form for us," Chris Tierney remarked. "One thing he does do as well that doesn’t get as much credit is his work rate. He’s always a guy who’s buzzing around, covering tons of ground and putting opposing teams under pressure. Hopefully, he can continue to progress and it would be great to have him available this weekend."