Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey have received medical clearance that allows him to train normally with his team.
The player had to end his season prematurely last year as he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
Seattle Sounders did not want to take any risk with the player and allowed him to take time off from the team and focus on his treatment.
However, the player has now received medical approval to train again with the team as it appears that his heartbeat has returned to normal.
Clint Dempsey has returned to the first team since Tuesday and has even taken part in the preseason training.
The forward said that he is excited to be part of the team ahead of the new season and that he is looking forward to having a great campaign.
He admitted that it was a tough moment for him when he was diagnosed with the heart condition as he feared that he could not play again for the first team. He said that he is relieved that the medical team has given him their approval to play again and that he is really excited for the new season.
Seattle Sounders coach said that it was a great thing to have Clint Dempsey back in the team. He said that the player is not only important on the pitch but also influential in the dressing room. He said that having Clint Dempsey around the team brings more confidence around the team and also help the younger players to perform better.
He said that Dempsey is a great professional and that he always work hard for the team. He believes however that the player will need some time to get back to his best level, but he has no doubt that he will play a major part in the new season.