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Stefan Frei injury update: Goalkeeper days away from full return

Recovery from ankle injury appears to be progressing faster than expected.

MLS: MLS Cup Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

A bit of a chill was sent through the spines of Seattle Sounders fans when it was revealed that Stefan Frei was sent home early from United States National Team training camp with an ankle injury. Those concerns ramped up a few days later when GM Garth Lagerwey suggested the injury may be serious enough for him to miss most, if not all of preseason.

Those fears may be put to rest soon after Frei gave a very optimistic prognosis of his injury at Sunday’s YachtCon event.

“It’s good,” Frei said. “I’ve had two full keeper sessions completed. We’re slowly getting into uncontrolled situations where you maybe step a little bit wrong and you realize your ankle is fine and learning to trust your body again. I’m expecting to join the team in full in the next couple days.”

While surely itching to get back to feeling normal, the reigning MLS Cup MVP doesn’t seem to have minded some extra time off, either.

“I’m always a guy who looks at things in a positive way,” he said. “As soon as it happened, I was bummed about the whole national team thing, but I looked at it as a chance to give my body time to heal, my shoulder and everything else. Get strong, work on other things in my game. I have good people around me, so I just listen to them.”

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