Seattle Sounders FC: Roman Torres’ Return Still Uncertain

Aug 22, 2015; Sandy, UT, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Roman Torres (29) can
Aug 22, 2015; Sandy, UT, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Roman Torres (29) can /

Even though it appeared Roman Torres was ahead of schedule at Christmas with his rehab, there is still no clear timetable on when he will return for Seattle Sounders FC.

When Roman Torres first tore his ACL last September, the Seattle Sounders initially set a recovery period of between nine and 12 months. Given that the average ACL tear takes between six and nine months to rehab, it was refreshing to see the team take such a cautious approach.

Just before the end of the year, there was some hope Torres could return sooner than originally expected. At the time, the Panamanian Football Federation team doctor believed he was ahead of schedule.

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As reported by, Dr. Gerinaldo Martinez said: “I think that Román is above expectations in his recovery. (He) is strong and is complying fully in his recovery, but we must be patient with this type of injury.”

Regardless, as things stand we are still no closer to having a clear idea of when exactly the defender will be back in a Sounders jersey. About the only thing we do know is he is jogging and taking part in individual drills.

Head coach Sigi Schmid discussed Torres with The Seattle Times Matt Pentz and the rest of the media on Monday: “He’s coming along fine.

“His timeline is really more dependent upon the surgeon. He’s feeling good and doing more things all the time.”

Fans have seen little of the 30-year old, who suffered his injury just four games into his Sounders career. For his part, Schmid is doing his best to provide an insight into why it could yet be a while before Torres steps back onto the pitch.

Schmid: “What people don’t understand sometimes is that you can do things, but what was done in surgery, has it completely healed? That’s where the surgeon is going to make that final decision.”

Whenever the Panamanian international does finally return, it will be interesting to see how this impacts the Sounders starting lineup. As things stand, the two center back positions are occupied by Chad Marshall and Brad Evans.

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What are your thoughts about Roman Torres’ recovery from injury? Are you eager to have him back in the lineup, or do you not see him having much of an impact once he returns? Lets us know in the comments section below.