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Mancienne marks return with first MLS goal after “long, stressful journey” to health

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When he began to experience pain in his heel early in the 2019 campaign, Michael Mancienne didn’t give it much thought.

“I’ll just play through it until the pain subsides,” Mancienne figured.

But the pain didn’t subside. Instead, it got worse each time the veteran New England Revolution center back stepped onto the field. Mancienne featured eight times before finally succumbing to the injury, officially diagnosed as plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel and toes.

“It’s the most painful thing you could ever have in your life, I can tell you that right now,” Mancienne said.