The majority of FC Edmonton’s players and coaches gathered Monday for the team’s first training sessions of the new year. Yes, it’s Oct. 31 and the club, still smarting from the first-round NASL playoff exit, is back on the field.
But keeper Lance Parker wasn’t one of them. He is back in Miami, still working on building up his arm strength and fitness. Parker suffered a compound fracture of his right arm in a game against the Carolina RailHawks on June 11, and he is working one-on-one with a coach down in Florida to get himself back in game shape.
Parker and Canadian keeper David Monsalve will duel it out for the starting job in 2012.
“It’s not completely straight yet, I can’t bend it completely yet,” said Parker. “The training got to the point, where, a couple of weeks ago, I was able to start catching balls again. I can start hitting the ground diving for balls as long as there is no pain — there are still some small fractures in there.”
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