Fire's 1st-round pick progressing from MCL injury

McCOOK, Ill. -- We have not had much of an opportunity to hear about 2010 first-round draft pick Corben Bone's field play this preseason. The Chicago Fire midfielder suffered an MCL injury immediately at the start of the team's preseason slate of matches.

But we do know one thing about him -- he is rapidly trying to fight his way back.

"I think I'm progressing pretty fast," Bone said. "An MCL injury, I haven't had one before so unfortunately I don't really know the timeline and stuff like that. I've been told it can take up to six to eight weeks. It's only been three and a half weeks and I'm already moving at full speed, cutting, with no pain. And hopefully I can get back to kicking the ball at full speed."

At this stage it would be a stretch to think he could make it back in time for the start of the regular season against the New York Red Bulls on March 27. This wasn't the way Bone envisioned his preseason panning out, that is for sure.

Bone hurt his left leg during Chicago's first exhibition match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and his rehab prevented him from traveling with the team for its full slate of preseason games.

"It feels good to be with the guys. That was a big thing for me -- being away for so long by myself away from the team that I just got acquainted with," Bone said.

The former Wake Forest standout is now playing catchup in the hopes of making some sort of impression before the regular season gets underway.

"I thought I was doing well [before the injury]," Bone said. "I was getting a feel for the guys and I was starting to get into a groove a bit. Then the injury happened in the first game. Opportunities don't come that often, so I have to prove myself. I was planning on doing that earlier."