Garza inches closer to his return

After returning to full-team training last week, left back Greg Garza said he’s getting closer to his MLS return following a calf injury that’s kept him sidelined since May 19.

Garza’s been recovering from the injury since it occurred six minutes into FC Cincinnati’s 5-1 loss at Orlando City SC. The moment came a week after he returned to playing after another calf injury forced him to miss five games.

“It’s been frustrating to say the least, but that’s part of the game,” Garza said of his recovery process. “Sometimes you go through moments that give you more time with the family and things like that from a positive side. But mentally, I’m just ready to get back and do what I love. That’s the best part of being a pro, just being on the field every day.

“When you’re taken away from something you love for quite a while, it can be quite frustrating,” Garza added.

There’s no way to overstate how talented he is. When healthy, Garza’s been one of FC Cincinnati’s best players, and his value in the team speaks for itself.

Not including the Orlando game – when he was substituted after 10 minutes – the defender helped the Orange and Blue to three wins and two ties in six appearances when he’s played.

Now, he’s hoping to play once more soon.

He returned to full participation in training last week, but wasn’t including in the 18 at Columbus Crew SC. There, Andrew Gutman made his MLS debut at left back and impressed in the 2-2 draw.

Cincinnati have nine games left, which offers plenty of time for Garza’s return before the offseason.

“I know it’s a bit difficult to think about things we can accomplish as a team this season, but at the same time, it does feel good to be back and feel healthy,” he said. “Hopefully (I’ll) get some games in.”