The Montreal Impact already have a 1-0 advantage over the New York Red Bulls, but they may have another big boost coming ahead of Sunday’s second leg.
Star forward Didier Drogba returned to practice on Tuesday, joining the team for a full training session for the first time in two weeks. Drogba had previously been limited to individual workouts due to a back injury.
Drogba has missed each of the Impact’s last four games, one of which was due to a now-infamous refusal to play. In the Impact’s last two matches, the Ivorian’s replacement, Matteo Mancosu, has fired a combined two goals to lead the team to the precipice of an Eastern Conference final appearance.
During the regular season, Drogba scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 22 appearances, but did not score in two appearances against the Red Bulls.