Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund participated in a full training session with the first team today, according to club community manager Eric Giacometti.
Hagglund has been sidelined since suffering a torn MCL in the 3-2 win over Minnesota United on May 13.
It is nine-and-a-half weeks since the injury was diagnosed with an eight-to-12-week recovery timeline.
According to The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke, Toronto coach Greg Vanney believes Hagglund could make his comeback in one of the next few games.
Vanney said Hagglund has resumed full training and could be ready in next few games. #TFC— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) July 17, 2017
Toronto return to action after the international break against New York City FC on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Hagglund is unlikely to play any part in that match or the one against the Colorado Rapids at the weekend but may be eyeing NYCFC’s visit to BMO Field on July 30 as a potential target.
In other team news, Raheem Edwards will be available to play in the Bronx after being replaced in Canada’s Gold Cup squad by Cyle Larin.
Hagglund in full training today. Raheem has returned and will be available Wednesday. Hasler is fit, but learning his role in the team. #TFC— Gareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) July 17, 2017
TSN’s Gareth Wheeler adds that new signing Nicolas Hasler is fit but still adapting to his new surroundings, meaning there could continue to be a question mark at right-back for the next game or two with Steven Beitashour injured.
On that front, trialist Raul remains with TFC as the club weighs up whether or not to sign him - seemingly on loan - from Gremio.
The Reds would have to cut Oyvind Alseth, Tsubasa Endoh or another international player from their first-team roster - or trade for another international slot - to be able to sign Raul.
His status may depend on the long-term health of Beitashour, with TFC yet to release any kind of timeline on when they expect to have the veteran back.
Beitashour underwent pancreas surgery after a reckless foul from the Montreal Impact’s Kyle Fisher in the second leg of the Canadian Championship final.