Ahead of the club's Decision Day battle against Toronto FC on Sunday, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin provided an update on the status of the squad.
“[Alejandro] was out on the field today and it was a lighter session today because of the long week so we broke it up and had a hard day that past two days and then the intensity dropped a little bit today just to let the guys get fresh, recover and have a little fun. We had a little soccer tennis competition at the end of the session but Ale was out there today and his body has been responding as good as it has in recent weeks. The hope is that he's part of the group against Toronto but obviously it is important to get him involved as soon as possible because it is a situation where we could have a long layoff until the next game. We'd really like for him to be a part of this game whether that is as a starter or off the bench will certainly help the group. He deserves to be a part of this group in this last [regular season] game in front of our home fans and to end the season in first place which is our goal. My hope is that he'll be available for selection going into Sunday but still have a couple more days to see how his body responds but the hope is he's with us the next two days fully on the field.
“[It's difficult] to travel as far as Olivier did and not get minutes [with Cameroon] and he did pick up a little bit of a knock when he was there which is why he was taken out for one of their potential games. I had the discussion with him with about the amount of miles he flew, the limited training he got and minutes he got, we went with Nathan [Harriel]. Olivier will play a very big role in the game here but it was tough with the lack of game sharpness when you are gone for two weeks."