Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has returned to training this week after suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
Dempsey underwent an as of yet unspecified procedure to deal with the issue, something which appears now to have been addressed judging by his return to practise.
Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey is still optimistic of Dempsey’s chances of returning to the field this season to help their bid of reaching the playoffs, but would give no time frame as to when he may return.
“One of the important things here when you have a medical condition like this, you don’t want to put false pressure on a return,” Lagerwey said.
“You can’t just say, ‘Clint’s important to us.’ You have to mean it, and if you mean it that means Clint’s health comes first, and that means there is no timetable by definition, because you have to wait and see if or when Clint is healthy and ready to come back to a full return.”
During the ordeal, Dempsey has missed Sounders’ last three matches, as well as the USA national team’s World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
Interim manager Brian Schmetzer shares his delight at Dempsey’s return to training, admitting it gave a visible lift to the rest of the squad in training.
“I’m just really happy, the players are really happy, it was like good news for us, and you could see that that translated into the tempo of training today,” Schmetzer said.
“[Dempsey] was in great spirits and the team was obviously lifted by him being here.”