Upbeat David Ferreira Targeted for July Return

FRISCO, TX - JUNE 5: David Ferreira #10 of FC Dallas dribbles the ball against Brandon McDonald #14 of the San Jose Earthquake at Pizza Hut Park on June 5, 2010 in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won 2-0. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

The saga of David Ferreira has been a long and winding one as the 2010 MLS MVP recovers from an ankle break. He looked all set to return just before the start of the 2012 season when a foot injury was picked up in the Orlando City pre-season game that has sidelined him for another three months, but it looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to get close.

With FC Dallas only having two MLS games plus a couple US Open Cup games in June, Schellas Hyndman targeted a July return for El Torito after practice this morning revealing some encouraging notes about Ferreira's attitude in his 13th month since the horrific injury.

You know, look at our schedule. We’ve been playing 6 games a month. In June, we’re only playing two games a month, that will be a lot of down time. This is a perfect time for him to get back into training and us not have to worry about let’s get him on the field this weekend.

I would hope that July would be a realistic timeline to get David back. We hope to get Villar back, today it was nice to see him jump into a training exercise, but he’s probably 2-3 weeks away.

Have you talked to Ferreira at all recently?

Oh yes, every day, I think his spirit is as high as it’s ever been. I mean gee, he’s had numerous surgeries on that, he’s had a lot of setbacks on that. He’s been pretty frustrated, it’s his first major injury so he’s had to deal with all that.

But I think right now, what he’s done is he’s come back and feels really good about himself. I think the rehab, the last surgery, they took out the hardware, the pins the wires. he feels like he’s got as much extension and flexion as his other ankle. So I mean he’s really excited about getting back in good form.

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