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Alex Callens is removed from NYCFC injury list

City’s ironman returns to the fray ahead of D.C. matchup

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It’s been a long two weeks for New York City FC without Alexander Callens shoring up the back line. Against Minnesota United, NYCFC had to suffer through a dreadful performance from Tony Rocha at the back while against the Montreal Impact, the defense remained sturdy but struggled to distribute the ball.

But it seems that the Boys in Blue’s days without their ironman center back are finally behind them as the club announced today that Callens has been lifted from the injury report ahead of this weekend’s game against D.C. United at Audi Field.

Callens’ return should be met warmly by fans and team administrators alike. It does, however, come with a caveat: Taty Castellanos — fresh off his best performance since joining NYCFC — is listed as questionable after receiving a concussion in a scary head-to-head collision with Ike Opara towards the tail-end of the Minnesota game.

Castellanos’ performance have been largely erratic and inconsistent since joining NYCFC last summer, but he seems to finally be coming into his own. We hope his concussion symptoms pass in swift fashion and that he’s back with the club in no time.

No other names were listed in the initial report.