David Ferreira Cleared For Return to Practice

FRISCO, TX - MAY 8: David Ferreira #10 of FC Dallas controls the ball against Thabiso Khumalo #17 of D.C. United at Pizza Hut Park on May 8, 2010 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

As Soccer America reported, earlier today, FC Dallas Colombian star David Ferreira had an all-important doctor visit as he looks to finally return to full contact training for the first time since his ankle injury from early last season. After the 4-0 friendly win over SMU, Hyndman was asked to update the situation and gave a positive answer that Dallas fans will like seeing. Perhaps the most interesting part is where Schellas reveals that Ferreira wanted to play tonight against the Mustangs.

Yeah, he went to one of our doctors today and was assured that everything's fine with his ankle and that there's going to be some pain. What he has to do is really just understand that there's going to be some pain, It may never get back to the way it was and he may just have to understand that the pain's going to be there and the more he plays, the less he's going to feel the pain.

So I think it was very reassuring for him and his comment was "hey I want to play tonight," which we wouldn't do, but I think now he's at that point of going "hey I need to get out there and play."

Hyndman was then asked about whether the injury was affecting his speed burst or simply overall play.

Yeah, I think it's not so much the acceleration, the sprinting, it's deceleration when he has to slow down it just doesn't feel right. What they did was they put a wire in there to keep things together and then the bone grew into the wire and I think at some point in time they may have to go in there and take the wire out so the bone will be there by itself. Maybe that gives him better reflective movement.

We probably wont see him Saturday[in the friendly against Tulsa], I think we want to build him into training sessions where he's going full go and teammates still know that he's injured rather than put him out there tonight where people don't know he's had surgery.

As you can see, perhaps a return this weekend is too optimistic, but look for Ferreira to make his return to the pitch at some point during Dallas' trip down to Orlando for the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.

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