Rookie midfielder Corben Bone hasn't had the ideal start to his Fire career. Drafted with the 13th overall pick out of Wake Forest, Bone was just starting to get settled into his new surroundings when he picked up a right knee contusion in the Fire's February 15th friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The injury, which was originally thought to be relatively minor, has sidelined the 21-year-old attacking mid for the last three and a half weeks, keeping him out of training -- and away from his new teammates -- for the majority of the preseason.
"I was just getting to feel out the guys and get into the group a little bit and then the injury happened [which was tough]," Bone said after practice on Tuesday. "I thought I was doing well and then unfortunately this happens." But Bone hasn't let his disappointment get in the way of his recovery. He rehabbed hard while his teammates were zig-zagging across North America on their preseason tour and it paid off -- as he returned to full training just yesterday.
"As far as my knee goes, I feel good," Bone said. "I'm already moving at full speed and cutting at full speed with no pain. I'm taking it day by day and its feeling better so that's a good thing."
Bone said he wasn't sure if he would be able to go in time for the Fire's season opener (assuming there is a season opener...), but he did appear optimistic. He's definitely eager to get back on the field and make the most out of any chance head coach Carlos de los Cobos gives him.
"Opportunities don't come that often so when I get them ill have to prove myself," Bone said. "I was planning on doing that earlier but hopefully Ill get to do that again soon."