Zakuani stood between the two practice fields, sometimes leaning on a single crutch, as a series of teammates stopped by to chat.
He shook hands with the media members at training today, but put off an actual interview until Friday.
However, coach Sigi Schmid talked about just having Zakuani back out at Starfire. “It’s great," Schmid said. "I think it also does a lot for him. It’s great to see him out here. OB [O’Brian White] has been out here a few days. I know Steve is a very, very proud person and he wanted to be able to walk out here and not crutch out here and so forth. So for him the moment he walked out here he was able to lift the one crutch and start walking a little bit. I think it gave him a good feeling. I think the guys obviously have a good feeling about it. It’s that stage where you go through a lot of emotions suffering the injury that he suffered and I think he has spent a lot of time dealing with that. He has moved forward from that now and when you talk to him he is really eager to get forward and to get after it.”
Speaking of injured players, O'Brian White also was notable today, jogging around the training field as he recovers from surgery to repair the blood clot discovered in his leg. White is expected to meet with the media Tuesday.
Schmid also gave this update on other injured players: “(Erik) Friberg was all right, got through training today fine. We won’t play him in the reserve game tomorrow. The whole idea when I decided I wasn’t going to start him in Chicago I figured it’d be best for him to rest that ankle and just get healthy on it. Alvaro (Fernandez) obviously didn’t go in with Uruguay. He stayed here so today he did more and we will see how much we can throw him into training tomorrow, so he’s a little more day-by-day.”
Schmid also updated the status of Fredy Montero, who is healthy but has been coming off the bench due to coaches decision: “I think he helped us (at Chicago)," Schmid said. "He connected some passes and was able to hold the ball up for us. I’m still trying to figure out how he committed a foul on that one play when [Logan] Pause fell down. Obviously he would’ve been in there on a breakaway which would’ve been a key moment in the game. He’s worked hard. He’s brought us a spark every time he steps off the bench. I think this was the first time he hasn’t gotten a goal or an assist when he came off the bench for us. He’s doing the things we’ve asked him to do and he has certainly helped us being able to hold up the ball.”