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Training Update: Mauro Diaz begins participating in drills

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Tap the brakes a bit but this is still pretty exciting news.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Slowly but surely, Mauro Diaz is getting back to full health following his Achilles surgery last fall.

Today, Diaz took a huge step forward by participating in some drills during training.

This news comes on the heels of Oscar Pareja discussing that he could return to training in late May and another report of him being fully healthy by July or August. That comes right in line with the original talk of him retuning in June. In some ways, he appears ahead of schedule when you see things like the tweet above.

So how excited do we actually get by these reports? Honestly, I would curb your excitement just a bit. Not to be the Debbie Downer here but recovery from an Achilles injury takes time. Even if he is ahead of schedule, we have to remember he hasn’t completed in any contact drills. Throw that in with the fact that he hasn’t played in any small sided games in training or anything of that nature.

May could still be a possibility but we need to be patient either way. Even the day that he does return to full training, we’ll still need to wait for him to get game fit. Just look at Victor Ulloa or Ryan Hollingshead, two players that started out 2017 on the injury list. Both are just now finally at a place where they are either seeing minutes or just the game day roster.

Saying all that, it is pretty exciting to think what Diaz can bring to the table once he is healthy when you consider how well the team has performed thus far without him.