RailHawks defender Jack Stewart was pacing the sidelines at Tuesday's scrimmage against Panama's national team, still wearing a big, black cast on the leg he broke in a 2-0 win on May 16.
At first, the loss of Stewart was hardly noticeable. The RailHawks reeled off four straight wins (including non-USL-1 competition) and outscored opponents 7-1. In the six games since, the RailHawks have gone 1-3-2 and tied opponents 7-7 over that span.
Head coach Martin Rennie said Rennie has been rehabbing extremely well, and hopes to have him back in the lineup soon. Stewart was initially deemed out 8-10 weeks. Eight weeks from May 16 would be next Saturday, July 11.
"We're hoping that he'll be back for some of the main games at the end of the season," Rennie said. Rennie added Stewart has been conditioning in the pool and weight room as he awaits clearance to play.
"We'll just have to see how it goes. If he can get healthy, he'll be a big addition," Rennie said. "If things go well you'd like to work him in little by little."
RailHawks coach Martin Rennie discussed each of the three trialists after Tuesday's friendly against Panama's national team. Reading between the lines, it seems doubtful Ogunmade will stick, but that Tim Regan and Chad Burt have decent chances of being signed on for the rest of the year (none are on contract yet).
Tim Regan: "He's a very good player. He's played in the MLS. He's played 80 or 90 first-team games in the MLS. He's just moved to the area and we're hoping to have him help us out a little bit and you saw tonight how well he organized and he defended."
Daniel Ogunmade: "He's a good player, too. We've got a lot of left backs, so it'll be difficult for him, but we're hoping we can help him somewhere else."
Chad Burt: "He's an indoor player. He's been playing professional indoor. He's a guy we're looking at over the next month."