Ever since the ACL tear that ended Seattle Sounders center back Roman Torres’s first season with the club, fans have been itching to see the big Panamanian back on the training pitch.
After a successful surgery last September, Torres has been documenting his progress on social media, and it’s looking like we might see him back in action later this season. His most recent post reveals him doing some serious training to show the strength of his knees, as well as ball work and shooting practice:
En la recta final gracias a Dios por darme la fuerza bendicion pic.twitter.com/opfTARjOXN— Román Torres (@romantorres05) July 7, 2016
Head coach Sigi Schmid said on Thursday that the team expects to know "at the beginning of next week how the integration is going to proceed from here."
Schmid said that Torres did some "really, really intensive work" and that the player feels "good and strong." The club clearly doesn’t want to rush Torres, but Schmid noted that the player "wanted to do more" in training on Thursday and that "it’s a matter of evaluating exactly where he’s at" and integrating him into training sessions at a comfortable level. Either way, Schmid said that "come next week, we’ll start throwing him into more sections of practice," which should excite the fans yearning for the player’s return.
As to any concrete date on when Torres might don the rave green on the pitch again? Schmid hesitated to set one, but noted that it would be at least a couple more weeks.