Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Welcome Back, Silvestre

William Conwell

Newly signed Timbers defender Mikael Silvestre practiced in Portland for the first time today since receiving his visa earlier this week.

The Portland Timbers practiced today at Jeld-Wen Field ahead of this Sunday's match up against the New York Red Bulls. Practice opened with the usual warm-ups followed by the team splitting into two groups for games of keep away. One of the two groups consisting of Sunday's presumed starters included the recently returned Mikael Silvestre playing alongside Andrew Jean-Baptiste at center back.

Trialists and Guest Players

Trialist Kyle Altman continued his time with the team today ahead of the beginning of the NASL preseason.

David Meves is also still with the team as a practice player.

Injuries and Absences

The team's newest signing, forward Frederic Piquionne, was not with the team today while he undergoes the same visa application process that we experienced with Mikael Silvestre earlier this week.

Jack Jewsbury, Hanyer Mosquera, and Milos Kocic rejoined the rest of the team for warm-ups today. Jewsbury and Kocic stayed with the team for the rest of practice while Mosco broke off to work with the trainers for the remainder of practice after the first fifteen minutes.

According to Porter, Jewsbury is returned to full health but still has a ways to go as he regains his fitness and will likely not play this weekend.

David Horst continued to miss practice with an ongoing groin strain that could keep him out for several more weeks.

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