Sebastian Giovinco could return against the New England Revolution on June 3, which is sooner than was initially expected.
Sebastian Giovinco had an MRI yesterday which showed his quad is almost completely healed. #TFC— Lori Ewing (@Ewingsports) May 25, 2017
Vanney adds that he's "Hopeful" Giovinco will be back for New England game.— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) May 25, 2017
We assumed Giovinco would be sat until the international break and would therefore not return until June 17 against D.C. United, giving him an extended period on the sidelines as he deals with a quad injury and the heel issue that seems to have caused it.
A comeback earlier in the month would seem to be good news for player and club alike, but then Giovinco posted this on Instagram:
In case anyone is reading on a device that doesn’t display it, the caption says: “When you are ready but they don't want to listen.”
I’m wary of reading too much into Giovinco’s social media posts given he is still getting to grips with English (though he may be further along with the written word than the spoken one), and that might just be a joke or unrelated comment lost in translation.
My immediate interpretation, though - and I doubt I’m alone - was that it is probably a reference to how he believes his recovery is going compared to the club’s medical staff.
That’s not a big deal, if so, and just Seba being Seba, but it is worth saying that whatever he thinks should really not factor in here given that this current problem was probably a result of him returning too quickly from his heel injury in the first place. Hopefully Greg Vanney and his physios and doctors stick to their own timeline rather than being swayed by any player pressure, even if that means irritating him even further by sitting him out of the Revolution game if he is not ready.
One factor that could tempt them to get Giovinco back out there in New England (on turf, it should be noted) is the absence of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, who will miss the game due to international duty.
Vanney says that Bradley and Altidore will be away for June 3 game vs New England for international duty. #TFC— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) May 25, 2017
If he’s healthy, fine. If not, it’s really not worth it, even if it means the Reds having the odds stacked against them at Gillette Stadium.