Aron Johannsson has been declared fit and has returned to training with Werder Bremen. There is no word yet on when he might play in his first match, but he is optimistic about it being soon with his hip feeling better than it has in ages.
"I feel a lot better than before," Johannsson said to Bremen's official site. "I can do more, which is only positive. I will look to increase the intensity in the coming weeks, in order to get back in form. I’m finally back on track."
Johannsson signed for Bremen in the summer and played in six league matches before going down with the hip injury. There was never a public diagnosis or timeline placed on his recovery, but it appears as if he is nearly back.
The club could use Johannsson, seeing as they sit third from the bottom in the table and have only mustered 23 goals in 19 matches. The American should be able to hop right back into the striker rotation as soon as he is fit considering the team's inability to get consistent, quality play up top.
Johannsson could also be a boost to Jurgen Klinsmann's United States' team, who are in need of striker depth. Jozy Altidore could be primed for a big year, but the U.S. will need more options than just him with the end of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, the Hex and Copa America all set for this year. Johannsson has never really made an impact at the international level, but he's also rarely been fit while playing for the U.S. If he can stay healthy now and get in a bit of form for Bremen, maybe he can finally break through for the U.S.