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Bruce Arena taking cautious approach to Carles Gil after his injury

Arena: “We’re just going to slowly move him forward.”

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The New England Revolution will move Carles Gil along slowly, according to head coach Bruce Arena.

Gil returned to the Revs on Monday after rehabbing in Spain. The team’s captain felt good enough to play against the Philadelphia on Friday, contributing 24 minutes.

It was a moment of joy for Gil, though he admits that he’s not at 100%.

“I need to train more with the team, to get more minutes,” Gil explained. “Maybe I’m 50, 60 percent, but maybe in one or two weeks, I will be good. So, I’m very happy.”

The Revs will take a cautious approach to the MLS MVP candidate as they want to make sure that he’s fit for the playoffs. Arena stated, “We’re just going to slowly move him forward. We’ll see how he recovers from this. In the next month, he’ll be back at full speed, but we’ll take it slowly.”

Although it’s currently unknown when the midfield maestro will play a full game, his teammates are excited to have him back.

“He’s arguably the best player in the league,” Matt Polster said. “It’s nice to have him back. Everybody’s happy. He brings a spark to the group that not many players can do.”