Commerce City, Colo. - When Hunter Freeman injured his right foot and ankle in a scrimmage in California early last month, he thought it was a deep bone bruise which would keep him out for just a little while. However, the MRI also reminded him of the lose fragments in his ankle that he'd had for some time.
"It was nothing that had to be taken care of right away but it was suggested that it be taken care of," Freeman said. "So I decided that it would be best for me and obviously it's going to help me as a player so that it's better for the club."
Freeman underwent a scope on his ankle on February 21.
"When it comes to surgery it's a pretty minor deal," he said. "But I wanted to be ready for the whole season instead of playing on it, and then maybe it gets worse, and then halfway through the season it gets to a point where its unbearable and I have to take care of it."
Freeman had his stitches taken out on Monday and Tuesday was back involved running with the group during warmups.
"I'm already happy with the progress and it's only going to get better with the more rehab I do," he added.
He is hoping to get involved in training next week and is looking forward to not have the pain he's been playing through.
Coming back to the Rapids after some time in Europe and with other MLS teams, Freeman and his wife and newborn daughter are already settled in their new place.
"Everything is good on the home front, which obviously makes everything else easier," he said.