Heaps says “next couple days” will determine whether Jermaine Jones is back for New England


The New England Revolution has found its form after an 0-2 start, and now they’re very close to bringing their star midfielder back into the fold.

Jermaine Jones could return from sports hernia surgery this weekend, as the Revolution (2W-2L-1T) has their playoff rematch with the Columbus Crew.

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Jones hasn’t seen game time since the United States’ 2-0 friendly win over Panama on Feb. 8, and head coach Jay Heaps says Jones was close to returning for last weekend’s win over Colorado.

From RevolutionSoccer.net:

“We’re going to see how this week goes,” said Heaps. “He had an excellent week last week leading up to the (Colorado) game and was close to being fit, but not quite there.

“We’ll see how the next couple days go in terms of how many minutes (he can play) or if he’s in the squad. It’s important just to see these next couple days.”

During postgame access in Colorado Heaps said that if Jones continued to progress at the expected rate, he’d be an option against Crew SC, though to what extent is to be determined. Jones has returned to full training but likely lacks full match fitness after missing several weeks of action.

Jones was, over-simplifying — the difference in New England’s rise up the Eastern Conference last season. His arrival saw him score three goals and add three assists in 12 matches, and Jones was a difference maker in the two-legged win over New York Red Bulls in the playoffs.

So look out, MLS: New England’s going to be back in full-stride now, if they aren’t already.