Torres "good to go" for return from sprained MCL

Midfielder set to play in weekend friendly vs. Reading

CHESTER, Pa. -- A friendly face will return for the Philadelphia Union’s friendly against Reading United Saturday night at Shirk Stadium.

Midfielder Roger Torres is fully healthy and will rejoin the Union, according to manager Peter Nowak.

Torres sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the Union’s 4-2 Reserve League victory April 9 against the New England Revolution. The 20-year-old Colombian has played in two league matches with one assist in 72 total minutes this season.

Since the injury, Torres has slowly worked his way back. He’ll get a chance for some match experience in the exhibition against Reading as well as the one looming against the Harrisburg City Islanders June 12 at Hersheypark Stadium.

“He’s good to go and he will play,” Nowak said of the match against Reading.

Nowak said that Torres really began to make substantial progress recently. And the manager could see that his young midfielder was itching to return to the field.

“Oh, absolutely,” Nowak said. “He’s worked very hard the past week. We had a couple days after the Toronto game and there was a lot of work for those guys, but they pulled together pretty good and Roger was part of this. Basically for 10 days, right now he’s working to come back and he’s not feeling any kind of pain.

“He’s striking the ball really well. It’s very accurate right now. The workload still has got to be monitored, so it’s not going to be too much to overcome him with the fitness.”

Having a pair of friendlies before D.C. United pay a visit to PPL Park on June 16 is the perfect recipe for Torres.

“He needs to touch the ball more so he will be confident to strike the ball and not be feeling anything,” Nowak said.