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Torres Returns, Miglioranzi Optimistic for Saturday

Philadelphia Union got one midfielder back on Wednesday in the club's 1-1 draw vs Real Salt Lake, while another missed his second straight match with a groin injury but expects to return Saturday against Colorado.

Roger Torres made his first appearance for the Union in a league match since July 5, a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. The dynamic 19-year-old midfielder suffered a sprained right ankle in the club's friendly against famed Scottish Premier League side Celtic F.C., subsequently missing four leagues matches and six in all competitions. Entering against Real Salt Lake in the 57th minute, Torres didn't appear to show any lingering effects from the injury.

“It was a joy for me (to return) because I was already missing it,” said Torres after training on Thursday. “I wanted to be back with the team and be able to contribute. Despite the result, I feel happy because I felt very good being back on the field and I hope I can contribute to the team with as much as I can so we can leave behind the position we are in right now.”

Stefani Miglioranzi missed his second straight match after heading into the contest listed as questionable. The veteran midfielder suffered a groin strain against the Columbus Crew on August 5, leaving the match in the 40th minute.

Heading into a Saturday’s contest against the Rapids, Miglioranzi appears ready to rejoin his teammates.

“I feel that I’m fit enough and my groin problem seems to have gone away,” he said Thursday. “So if coach [Peter Nowak] needs me to come into the team, I’m prepared to do so.”