Steve Zakuani put in a full training session Friday for the first time since suffering a devastating injury nine months ago in Colorado. While not yet 100-percent physically, Zakuani participated without restriction in all the team’s drills at the VMAC and even scored a goal in a scrimmage.
Here was his roundup of the day:
“It’s mixed feelings,” Zakuani said. “Obviously I’m happy to be playing again — well playing to some degree — just to be out there with the guys and stuff. That part makes me happy, obviously, because it definitely means I’m on that home stretch and the last run. The frustrating part is realizing how far behind I am, not just from the group, but from my own self before I got injured. There’s so much more work to do. It was OK to go through that, but I still think in realistic terms for someone like me, because I got that taste today, I’m frustrated that it’s not the full thing. I just need to do the same work I’ve done before, keep going, and let time do its job. Then eventually it’ll be quicker than I expect. But I’m happy to be out there, happy to be playing, happy preseason is back, it’s good to see the guys, but just frustrated that it’s not what it should be.”
Coach Sigi Schmid said Zakuani was about 65-70-percent out there, but still had an impact. The 23-year-old midfielder will likely have a lighter day of work Saturday.
Zakuani is still a ways from seeing game action, as he gets back his strength and mobility. While admitted frustrated at times in the recovery, he called it “a good frustration.”
“In the big picture, I’m over the moon,” said Zakuani.