Minnesota United midfielder Rasmus Schuller was back at training in Blaine Tuesday and looking well enough to perhaps play Saturday at New York Red Bulls.
"A lot better than we thought," United coach Adrian Heath said. "We thought he'd have no chance for this weekend. Now we probably have a decision to make. If he comes through today, which he has done a lot more than we expected."
Heath said Schuller has "got a huge bruise on his leg, he's got a bleed in his leg." Heath said the concern is if Schuller gets hit in that area again.
"We take it each day, but I think he's pretty, pretty surprised how quickly he's gotten to the stage he's at," Heath said. "If he improves the next couple days, he'll probably travel with us and we'll see what he thinks on Saturday."
Schuller said he "got a little knock, but it's not bad."
He remained in Finland until Monday and didn't travel to New England because medical staff didn't want him flying so far and so soon with the swelling so up.
Romario Ibarra was back Tuesday, too, after he didn't make the weekend trip because of what Heath called "a slight knock" during training last Thursday. He also had played 90 and 45 minutes with his Ecuadorian national team in recently days.
Heath said he was going to change the lineup anyway by putting Angelo Rodriguez in as a starter, "so we thought it'd be better leaving him."
With Schuller away, Ethan Finlay started Saturday for the first time since he tore his ACL a year ago.