The New England Revolution certainly have missed Carles Gil in their first two matches of the season.
Bruce Arena's squad absolutely could've used the team's leading scorer from last season in a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact and more recently a 1-1 draw against Chicago Fire FC in their home opener.
The past is in the past, though, and Gil was a full participant in Tuesday's Revolution practice -- preparing for a tough matchup with the 1-1-0 Portland Timbers.
“I feel good. This is only the third practice that I’ve had with the team, but I feel good coming off the injury,” Gil said via interpreter, according to Jeff Lemieux of revolutionsoccer.net. “We’ll take it day by day, little by little, and see how everything goes when the game gets closer.”
Although he's feeling better, Gil's Week 3 match status remains up in the air -- a decision on whether or not he'll see game action will be made by Arena closer to Sunday.
“He was certainly a key player with our team last year, and we’ve missed not having him,” Arena said. “We missed him in preseason and up until today, so it’s great to have him back and hopefully he can keep making progress.”
Gil added that he can't stand being injured, and all he wants to do is help his team win games going forward. He know's its a big year for the organization, and he can't wait to get his legs moving on the pitch once again.
The 27-year-old's 10 goals and 14 assists last season helped the Revs make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. He's been a big reason why the club has found success over the past year, and he'll complement the likes of Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa and Teal Bunbury on the attack.
If he does suit up, it'll be interesting to see if he's in the starting lineup, or if Arena will limit his minutes -- sending him in as a sub.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Timbers vs. Revolution, which begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Revolution Postgame Live. You can also stream the game on the NBC Sports app.