After missing a substantial portion of the preseason due to a quad contusion, Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josué Colmán should return to training this week, said Lions coach Jason Kreis.
Colmán has missed the club’s training scrimmages against MLS competition due to his injury, but Kreis said the 19-year-old young designated player should begin running on the field “starting this week.”
“We’re expecting him to be on the field this week,” Kreis said after Saturday’s training scrimmage against Real Salt Lake.
He added Colmán will start joining training “towards the second half of the week.” Kreis added, “Hopefully by next week, we’re looking at him in full training.”
Colmán was signed from Cerro Porteño in Paraguay’s top division. He was at Saturday’s training scrimmage, though he didn’t participate.
Though no official score was kept for the training scrimmage, Orlando City had five goals compared to two from Real Salt Lake. Stefano Pinho scored his first goal of the preseason, rookie Chris Mueller picked up his fourth, midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored again and a player from Monteverde Academy scored.
Those four goals were paired with a Real Salt Lake own goal.
The Lions have one more preseason training scrimmage left. The club will host the Chicago Fire on Feb. 24 at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando City SC opens its regular season on March 3 at home against D.C. United.
Updates on Dwyer, Laryea
After team officials initially said Dom Dwyer and Richie Laryea would be out two to four weeks due to injuries, Kreis said the timeline for both players could be a bit quicker than originally thought.
Dwyer, who had recently returned to training after a hamstring injury and played 45 minutes in a training scrimmage against the Philadelphia Union, suffered a Grade 1 quad strain.
Laryea is dealing with a Grade 1 adductor strain.
“It’s a little too early to tell on both of those players,” Kreis said.
“I think the initial indication was a bit of a scare, that we thought they were both going to be pretty serious. I think now, as the days have gone on, I think we’ve taken … a little bit more of a realistic view of those situations and think they should be pretty quick.”
Rosell expected in Orlando soon
The long-awaited arrival of midfielder Oriol “Uri” Rosell could be as soon as this week, Kreis said.
Kreis on Friday said Rosell would be on a flight to Orlando “today or tomorrow.” Orlando City on Jan. 30 announced Rosell would join the team pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.
“He’ll be with us next week,” Kreis said.
The Lions acquired Rosell using the No. 1 position in the Major League Soccer Allocation Ranking Order, which Orlando City got from FC Dallas in exchange for $400,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.