FRISCO, Texas – It hasn’t been often this season that good news has come to FC Dallas on back-to-back days, but the Wednesday morning return of Brek Shea to full training – just a day after David Ferreira made his first appearance since February – has FCD wondering if their luck is finally turning around.
“It felt good to be back,” Shea told reporters after practice. “It’s good to be running around with the guys kicking the ball."
Shea, hobbled by a turf toe suffered in a game at Vancouver nearly two months ago, has been held out of training for more than a month as he served a three-game suspension and rehabbed his injured foot.
"[The toe] feels good," he said of Wednesday's session. "I felt it a little bit, but nothing too serious. It’s more annoying than anything.”
With a crucial three-game homestand beginning on Saturday, head coach Schellas Hyndman decided now was the right time to bring their star midfielder back into action with a return on Saturday against Chivas USA looking likely.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com after Wednesday training. “He’s been out for four weeks or whatever and didn’t really have any issues [today]. If we’re able to get him on the field [Saturday], he may only be able to go 20 or 30 minutes, but I think he’s got to be somebody we’re preparing to get on the field.”
Shea’s current four-game absence is the longest run of games FCD has played without the 22-year-old attacker appearing on the pitch since he broke into the full-time starting lineup in 2010, and it’s clear that the College Station, Texas, native is raring to get back out there.
“It makes you want to come back and play more,” said Shea on the mental aspect of missing games. “Sometimes you get a little comfortable, but once you’re out, you just want to come back and play.”