Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic says he will not force winger David Accam into making a pre-mature injury return to avoid further complication.


The attacker picked up a knock while training with his club ahead of the Fifa international break, leading to his withdrawal from Ghana’s squad that faced Mozambique in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The 25-year-old was, however, expected to return in time for Fire’s Major League Soccer clash with Philadelphia Union on April 2, but failed to recover, and also going on to miss Monday’s stalemate with New York City FC.

“I’ve already said how important he is for our team, and that’s why we’re very careful with the progress and his recovery,” Paunovic said.

“There are two parts that mark the pace of his recovery, those are the nature (of the injury) and himself. He has to feel comfortable to start training with the team.

“When he doesn’t have any pain, it will be ready, but I don’t think we’re in that phase.

“As I said before, being so important, it’s tricky because we want him as soon as possible, but we also don’t want to push him to make the injury worse.

“So far, he’s improving well, but still, we are not sure he is going to be ready for this game [against Montreal Impact on Saturday].”

Accam has played two games for Fire this season, scoring two goals.

Source: Goal.com


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