FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s all hands on deck for the New England Revolution as they navigate a grueling five-games-in-15-days stretch, and they could have another body back in the mix ahead of Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 meeting with the New York Cosmos.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Fourth-Round victory over the Carolina RailHawks, returned to full training on Monday after missing New England’s last two league matches.
The rookie, who’s burst onto the professional scene as an energetic late-game substitute this season, appeared to come through Monday’s session unscathed, but the Revs will wait until Tuesday to make a final decision on whether he’s fit enough to feature at Belson Stadium.
“He finished training today, so we’ll see,” head coach Jay Heaps said with regards to Femi’s availability. “We’ll assess now and [Tuesday] and see how he’s doing, but he could be a possibility for Wednesday.”
If Femi is available on Wednesday he’ll not only offer an attacking spark, but also another option for Heaps as he attempts to balance the Open Cup and the league, with a trip to Montreal looming this weekend before two more home games next week.
“It’s going to be a tough stretch,” Heaps said. “We’re about making sure that we balance the group and try to put the best players on the field in a position to win, but also make sure we’re not overusing anybody.”