Martin Rivero returns to training, eyes weekend home match versus San Jose
If Martin Rivero had any doubt that he was ready to return to full training, it was erased when he bounced up after a challenge from Hendry Thomas and scored the final goal of the drill during the Rapids' training session Tuesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
"It's just a play in training where I tried to put myself in the best position and do it at 100 per cent," Rivero told ColoradoRapids.com afterwards. "It's a sign that I'm feeling better. Today I was able to train normally and without any problems."
Rivero, who broke his right foot during the preseason, re-injured the same foot in a match against Chivas USA on May 25. He breathed a sigh of relief after multiple test showed that he had not broken the foot again, and has slowly been working his way back to training.
"(Foot) doesn't bother me much and I'm not in pain, but I'm also cautious because sometimes these injuries are troublesome," he said.
Fortunately for Rivero, he only missed one match - the team's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on June 1. Now the 23-year-old is aiming to be back on the field for the weekend home match against San Jose.
"I hope I can train well the remaining days of this week to be ready for Saturday," he said. "It'll then be the coach's decision if he puts me in or not."