Hyndman’s rehab is going well. The midfielder began running a month ago and is doing some work with the ball.
“I think it’s one thing at a time, you know, for me,” he said. “It’s just getting back on the field and feeling fully comfortable again. Obviously, the time to compete for places will come. But for me, it’s just getting back on the field.”
Getting through the rehab process involved Hyndman staying around people and working on what he could improve. So, he said he spent time in the gym adding muscle in places that he thinks will make him better. He looked bigger in the shoulders and neck Friday.
“I learned a lot about just the everyday stuff,” he said. “The stuff that you don’t think about. A lot of times you come in and you train you go home, you know, you don’t really think twice about not having football in your life when you’re a footballer.”
This was Hyndman’s first serious injury.
Hyndman said Josef Martinez, who suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the 2020 season, offered what advice he could. The sum: It’s not going to heal overnight. Do the work. Do it right.
So, that’s what Hyndman has done. Because he has experienced no setbacks, the rehab has gone well. He said the next step will be joining the team and adjusting to the speed of play.
He said he’s excited to play under Gonzalo Pineda. He thinks the midfielders have more freedom within his tactics and strategies.
“It’s exciting; I see a place in there,” he said. “And, you know, it’s just all about the hardware to get there.”
Hyndman will be an interesting fit. He is a player who has been quietly productive, with four goals and six assists in 42 appearances despite playing a variety of positions in the midfield under four different managers.
Pineda likes Hyndman’s technical ability and how smooth he is with his first touch and first pass, which is something the manager puts a lot of focus on. Pineda said he doesn’t yet know if Hyndman is more of an attacking midfielder or a central midfielder.
“Maybe he doesn’t have that pace, really to break lines through dribbling, but he has a lot of dynamic movements, plays and moves,” Pineda said. “So obviously, you can always use players like that. So now we have to be patient and see how he comes back from his long-term injury. That probably is coming this preseason, maybe after, we don’t know. But we have to be patient and see where he’s at, and we will see if we can utilize him in a good way for the team.”
For more content about Atlanta United
Follow me on Twitter @DougRobersonAJC
On Facebook at Atlanta United News Now
On Instagram at DouglasDavidRoberson
Atlanta United coverage on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule
Feb. 27 vs. Sporting KC, 3 p.m., FS1
March 5 at Colorado, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
March 13 vs. Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FS1
March 19 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 2 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 9 at Charlotte, 3 p.m., ESPN
April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., ESPN
April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
May 7 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
May 15 vs. New England, 2 p.m., ESPN
May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX
May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 19 vs Miami, 4 p.m., ESPN2
June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC
July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1
July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
August 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
August 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1
August 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV
August 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX
Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE