Casey back on training field

Team awaits scan results for Clark; Casey and Smith back after missing Saturday's game

Commerce City, Colo. – As the team awaits results of the scan to midfielder Colin Clark’s knee, two other players that missed last week’s game were back with the group this morning.

Forward Conor Casey took part in his first training session with the team since taking a hit to the head in the July 25 game at Seattle. Headaches and blurry vision kept Casey out of the Rapids last two games.

“I feel good,” said Casey following Tuesday’s training. “The head feels good; no headaches or blurriness or anything like that. Fitness wise, I had a good session today and felt ok. It wasn’t 90 minutes but it felt good.”

Midfielder Jamie Smith was also back outside, though working with the training staff rather than take part in session. Smith was a late scratch on Saturday for the Rapids game against San Jose.

“At practice on Friday, we were playing a small-sided game and Julien (Baudet) decided to crush a shot towards goal,” explained Smith. “The ball was coming straight toward me, and before I had time to react, the only thing I could do was put my head down so it didn’t hit me straight in the face.

“I can’t remember much about the session; can’t remember much about what happened afterwards,” he added. “I woke up on Saturday morning with a real headache, hadn’t eaten any food and didn’t feel good at all.”

Casey is not concerned at having been active as he recovered from the head injury.

“I’ve been out for a couple of weeks but then again I’ve had probably about five months of work behind me, so I think by the end of the week I’ll be ready to go,” he said.

For his part, Smith says he felt much better today.

“Today was good,” Smith said after training. “I came in this morning and was assessed and it was agreed that I wouldn’t take part in the field session and to do a running session to see how I was feeling. Thankfully, I feel a bit tired, but I’m ok.”

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