One question I get from a lot of you is how FC Dallas' young first round pick from the 2013 MLS SuperDraft is doing. Well, good news folks, Walker Zimmerman is inching closer to a return to full strength.
Zimmerman has been out since the SuperDraft due to a groin injury, an item that he picked up before the MLS Combine. Many believe that his injury was a reason for his sliding down to number 7 to FC Dallas in January's draft.
The rookie center back took part in warm-ups in training this week, a sign that he is well on his way to re-joining the club on a full time basis. FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman told FCDallas.com earlier this week that he was seeing some progress out of the young defender despite the frustrations that have gone along with the injury.
"We know it's frustrating for him and he wants to be able to help the team," said Hyndman. "He works awfully hard and follows his recovery plan religiously and now we're starting to see a little life in his legs because he's really excited to join us in training."
Hyndman and his staff have been working long and hard at getting Zimmerman ready for a full training session with the club. Some will wonder why it has taken so long to get him to this point but it all comes down to timing and how well he responds to certain things.
With young players like this, you don't want to bring them back too quickly from an injury either. That is something the club has learned the hard way when you look at injuries in 2012 to David Ferreira and Brek Shea.
Early reports indicate that he is likely another few weeks away from being able to participate in reserve league games. If anything we could see Zimmerman back in time for some big US Open Cup games later this year. If anything getting another body that can play in the center of the defense healthy is a good thing to have.