Talented Caledonia AIA midfielder Ataullah Guerra has returned to the training pitch this week after being sidelined by a knee injury for nearly two months.
It was feared that the 24 year-old Trinidad and Tobago international would only return until next season when the 2012-13 season kicks off in August after suffering a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain.
However after weeks of rehabilitation under the care of team physiotherapist Dave Issac and following an on field assessment on Tuesday, Guerra rejoined his teammates in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship final leg in either June or July hosted in Trinidad.
“I’m confident that he will be ready for the CFU final leg,” Issac said.
Guerra joined Caledonia in December from neighbouring rivals San Juan Jabloteh—the club he started his professional career with back in 2007—when his contract expired last November.
He made a huge impact at Caledonia helping the club to a third place finish in the Digicel Pro League and winning the FA Trophy and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield since his arrival.
However the knee injury saw Guerra miss the Digicel Pro Bowl knockout tournament and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship Group Four matches contested in the Cayman Islands from May 21-25.
Caledonia went on to reach the Final of the Pro Bowl but suffered a 2-6 against Defence Force. That however, didn’t affect the club’s preparation in qualifying for the CFU final round by holding two-time defending champions Puerto Rico Islanders to a 0-0 draw and registering a 5-0 win over Cayman Islands club George Town.
Caledonia, W Connection and United Soccer Leagues (USL) sides Puerto Rico Islanders and Antigua Barracudas are into the CFU Club Championship final four round robin stage with the winner crowned the champions and the top three advancing into next season’s CONCACAF Champions’ League.