Chris Tierney vs. Toronto FC

Injured Tierney “not far off” from return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Chris Tierney won’t be available for Saturday night’s season opener against the Chicago Fire as he nurses a sprained left ankle, but the Revolution veteran is confident he’s not far from a return.

Tierney has been sidelined since suffering the injury in a preseason meeting with Seattle Sounders FC on February 13, but recently returned to passing drills and sprinting exercises as he works his way back. While Tierney is hesitant to place a specific timeline on his return, he believes it’s a matter of sooner rather than later.

“It’s tough to timeline it,” he said. “Some days it reacts better than others, but I don’t think I’m more than a week or two away. I feel better and better every day, which is good. It’s getting stronger and I don’t think I’m too far off. It’s just getting those last little bits of movement and making sure I’m at 100 percent.”

The timing of the injury was a source of frustration for Tierney, who was enjoying a solid preseason before finding himself on the end of a harsh tackle from Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso. But Tierney has harnessed that frustration and directed the energy into maximizing his recovery efforts, which are coming along smoothly.

“There’s no doubt about it; the timing’s definitely not ideal,” Tierney admitted. “But there are some things you can control and some things you can’t. Getting bladed 10 minutes into a game is not something you can (control).

“I’m happy with the way I prepared for this year physically and I’m convinced that I’ll work just as hard to get back fit. Hopefully I won’t miss more than one or two games, tops. At the end of the day, you just look forward and try to get better.”