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Recovered from broken leg, Jacks' Dennis Castillo pushes ahead
Defender returns to form with Independence
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 3:16 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Dennis Castillo has hit form.

On loan from the Colorado Rapids, the Charlotte Independence MLS affiliate, the defender has recovered from a small fracture in his leg sustained against Rochester in April.

“I had a small fracture in the tibial plateau, basically where the tibia and fibula meet,” Castillo said earlier this month. “It feels good now. It’s been a slow recovery, which was a frustrating, because I thought it was going to be quicker, but you’ve gotta let the body heal. It’s a long season.”

Colorado recalled Castillo for their fourth-round match against Oklahoma City Energy F.C. (USL) in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup, where he scored the game winner in the 89th minute and tallied an assist to striker Dominique Badji, who spent time on loan with the Independence in 2015.

“With the loan deal, it’s all preparation, I feel, to prepare mentally, and be prepared for whatever comes next,” Castillo said. “Be present in the moment, regardless of if it’s here or back in Colorado.”

While Castillo scored his first goal for the parent club, he has become acquainted with the back of the net during his time with the Jacks, scoring two goals against Tampa Bay on June 4. He will be available for Charlotte’s Saturday match against the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Sportsplex at Matthews.

“It’s all about contributing to the team—helping the team in any way shape or form, and just continuing to do that for every single game,” Castillo said.




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