The New England Revolution have been without the heart and soul of their team for far too long, but on Friday night the wait was over. Carles Gil made his return.
Gil had been out since July after having surgery on his left Achilles. The original timetable for a return was set at 3-5 months. It seemed like the Revolution would be without Gil for the rest of the 2020 season.
But Gil put in the work and we saw him make his return to training within the last two weeks and on Friday, Gil made his return to MLS action.
Against Nashville, Gil came on as a sub and played 27 minutes. After the game, Gil talked about how it felt to be back on the field.
He said. “I’m really happy to have this feeling of being back with my teammates. It’s incredible. I’ve worked really hard for this moment. The past two months, two and a half months were tough on me. But I’m happy to be playing again.”
It definitely came as a surprise to Revs fans to see Gil on the field. Gil had just started to train with the first team this past week.
There was also the weather down in Nashville. The game was delayed due to thunderstorms and this made it seem like there was no way that Gil would make it onto the field.
But luckily Revs fans got to see Gil play and he looked rather well while also staying healthy. Gil did admit after the game that the rain “didn’t help” when making his return on Friday night.
He said. “The field was tough. Like you said, the conditions with the rain didn’t help with the injury. But I felt fine, I felt comfortable. I’m still missing a little rhythm but it was good to be able to train with the team a couple times. My goal was to be in the best physical form to help the team.”
New England was only able to walk away with a point but Revolution fans will be excited that Gil was able to return.
The next milestone for Gil will be rejoining the starting XI. His next opportunity will be Wednesday when New England faces off against NYRB.