Gil returns to Revs facility, return this season not ruled out originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
There was a Carles Gil sighting Tuesday in Foxboro as the midfielder returned to the New England Revolution Training Center to continue his rehab.
Gil underwent surgery on his left Achilles tendon in August. The 27-year-old was all smiles as he took the practice field behind Gillette Stadium.
Take a look below:
We’ve missed that smile 😀👍 pic.twitter.com/V631P3xWKY— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) October 13, 2020
While it's undoubtedly encouraging to see Gil running, head coach Bruce Arena noted it'll still take some time before the captain is ready to rejoin the Revs lineup. However, Arena did not rule out a return this season.
"We will see where he’s at. Our expectations right now are that he’s not going to be available for a while," Arena told reporters on Tuesday. "We have not yet seen him on the field, so any thoughts of him being on the field shortly are probably not accurate. But we’ll see how he’s progressing, and hopefully he could return in 2020.”
Adding Gil back into the lineup obviously would provide a major boost to a club that has struggled offensively in 2020. Last season, Gil tallied 10 goals and 14 assists en route to winning MLS Newcomer of the Year honors.
Fellow midfielder Diego Fagundez emphasized the importance of Gil's return to the Revs facility.
“I think it’s huge. We’ve all been in contact with him and we’ve seen what he’s been doing," Fagundez said. "He went back home, did some treatment and some rehab, and he’s doing well. Now we just have to slowly get him prepared for training.
"Hopefully, if we can get on the field before the year ends that’d be great. But if not, we have other guys to step up. Now we just have to make sure that he’s ready and we’re all ready for what’s to come.”
Coming off a 1-0 victory over New York City FC, the Revolution (6-4-7, 25 pts.) will meet up with the Montreal Impact (6-9-2, 20 pts.) on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, and you can catch it on NBC Sports Boston.