MADISON, Wis. -- The much anticipated return of senior and 2011 first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Tomislav Zadro, will come to a halt on Friday, as the Toronto, Ontario, native will make his first start in three games when defending Big Ten and NCAA champions, Indiana, visit the McClimon Complex.
Zadro, who had minor surgery on the meniscus in his right leg on Sept. 30, was cleared to play by the Wisconsin men’s soccer training staff on Thursday.
“Tomo’s return will make us even more explosive offensively,” UW head coach John Trask. “He brings another dimension of explosiveness and leadership to this team and the guys are excited to get him back out there on Friday.”
Despite a 10-day healing period and recovery process, the UW medical staff held Zadro out of the Badgers’ Tuesday night match against Drake as a precaution, while also allowing him the extra time to regain some of the mobility and flexibility following surgery just a little over a week ago.
Zadro’s return comes at a crucial time in the season, as UW gears up for its conference home opener on Friday. The Badgers outlasted Drake on Tuesday, 3-2, as fellow senior Nick Janus tallied his sixth goal in the last seven games.
“Obviously, we are all concerned with Tomo’s health first and foremost,” Trask added. “So keeping him out of Tuesday’s match helped to give him a few more days to heal but it also increased his hunger to get back on the field.
“Tomo is really looking forward to Friday night and so is the entire team.”
Kickoff against Indiana is slated for 7 p.m. CT. Admission is free to all UW students and high school soccer teams.