Ghanaian right-back Harrison Afful is fit for Colombus Crew US Open game against Pittsburgh Riverhounds, according to his manager Caleb Potter.
Afful has been on the sidelines for almost two months after suffering from a broken jaw injury.
However, ahead of the game on Tuesday, the 32-year-old has been cleared fit as Crew look set to end a run of poor results in his absence.
“He’s back, he’s cleared, but we need to build his minutes up to be able to play him in the matches,” coach Caleb Porter said.
“Obviously, it takes a little bit of time for a guy to get into rhythm, but he’s been doing this a long time and it’s a little bit like riding a bike. The biggest thing is how long can you ride the bike.”
Meanwhile, Harrison Afful is delighted with his return insisting he is ready to give his best.
“I always wanted to play, but they told me to be calm,” Afful said. “I believe in the guys. It’s just we are trying to do everything possible, but it’s not going our way and we just have to keep working hard.”
“For me, to be on the field and to see the fans, it’ll boost my morale to give my all to the club,” he added.
“As we are going through this, they are going through the same (thing) because it’s a really tough situation. But I believe it will turn around in a good way.”