On Saturday, when Revolution visit Dick's Sporting Goods Park to clash to with the Colorado Rapids, a familiar face will likely join the gameday 18: Teal Bunbury.
The pacey forward sprained his shoulder in the club's season opener, departing in the second half of a 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders. Bunbury proceeded to miss the team's next three matches. Though he will likely enter the weekend with continued discomfort, Bunbury expects to see the field on Saturday.
"Last week [Teal] was really close. We wanted to give him one more week," said head coach Jay Heaps, via a team report. "When players are week-to-week, we don’t talk about them. But when they’re day-to-day, we really start incorporating them a little bit more.
"Teal’s in that day-to-day. He’s doing more and more each day and we expect him to be available for Saturday."
For the majority of the 2015 season, Jermaine Jones (sports hernia) and Kevin Alston (hamstring) have joined Bunbury on the injury report. Both players will likely need additional time to recover, though all signs point toward a speedy return to the Starting XI.
Jones, who has yet to appear in a 2015 match, eased his way back onto the training field last week. An increased workload has Heaps feeling optimistic about an April return.
"He’s starting to get to the day-to-day," Heaps said. "Last week was just really getting him working with our staff. Now this week we want to get him incorporated into our training sessions."
Alston, who strained his right hamstring in a loss to NYCFC, has also worked his way back into training sessions, and will likely return to full health in early April. Unlike Jones, Alston may not immediately return to the Starting XI; both Darrius Barnes and Jeremy Hall have served as capable replacements for the injured right back, creating defensive competition for a starting position.
During Saturday's east-west showdown, the Revolution will look to build on last weekend's attacking success, becoming the first team to break the Colorado back line in 2015. Match kicks off at 7:00 pm EST from Commerce City, Co.