SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake captain Damir Kreilach returned to the training ground this week for the first time since sustaining a back injury in April.

Kreilach has played just five out of a possible 34 games this season and has suffered more injuries this year alone than he has suffered his entire career. During the pre-season, he suffered from a calf injury which eventually led to a serious back injury. In early June, Kreilach traveled to Los Angeles and underwent successful back surgery, but has yet to appear on the pitch again.

For months, Kreilach has been spotted in training. At first he was on the stationary bike on the sidelines, then he progressed to racing laps wearing his running shoes, the boots came off and he was seen for weeks doing technical work and change of direction exercises on the side. Now, three and a half months after the operation, Kreilach is back with the main group.

On Wednesday he trained with the main group for 75% of the training session before being dragged to the side where he worked on his finishing.

Manager Pablo Mastroeni spoke to RSL Insider Tom Hackett after training on Wednesday and had this to say about Kreilach’s availability –

“Recovery from this moment is really based on how Dami feels and I think the communication between him and the medical staff has been fantastic to allow us now at this stage of the season, which I didn’t think was possible, to potentially have him on the pitch.

It’s still unclear if Kreilach will adapt this season, but KSL Sports can confirm he’ll be on the plane to Austin and will do everything in his power to find a spot on the bench.

The forehead of wounds

In other injury news, striker Bobby Wood will not be returning to the field in 2022. Wood underwent abductor surgery midway through the season and appeared to be further along in his rehabilitation than Kreilach. A month ago, as Kreilach was doing tricks in his running shoes, Wood was seen working on his change of direction and ball skills during practice.

Unfortunately, Wood hasn’t been seen in training for two weeks. It looks like his kidnapper injury will cut short his 2022 campaign.

Moreover, Aaron Herrera also didn’t take part in training on Wednesday. Herrera suffered a midweek calf injury in training a week ago and was unavailable for the Decision Day clash against Portland. KSL Sports have learned that the club are hoping Herrera can train later in the week ahead of the game against Austin, but his availability is considered questionable.

The calf injury is not considered a long-term injury. If Herrera isn’t fit for the Austin game, he’ll likely be available for the following playoff game against winner Minnesota and Dallas.

Real Salt Lake Vs. Austin Match Info

Real Salt Lake and Austin will kick off Q2 Stadium on Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m.

The game will be broadcast via ABC.