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December 19, 2008 at 6:01 PM

Ljungberg has surgery, expected to miss 10-12 weeks

Just when I make it home after an icy drive, I get this news from the team: Designated player Freddie Ljungberg had hip surgery today in Vail, Colo., and is likely to miss 10 to 12 weeks.

By that timeline, Ljungberg, 31, won’t be ready to start training camp with the Sounders FC Jan. 21. His availability for the regular-season opener on March 19 is also in question, as its about 12 weeks until that day.

Here’s what I just wrote for the Times’ Web site.

Bad news, obviously, especially on the heels of the hiring of Sigi Schmid as head coach. Interestingly enough, the first question I ever asked Freddie on the day he was introduced to the public as the team’s designated player was about his injury history. Here’s what he said:

“I feel very good. Last season I had small injuries in the fall, and after Christmas, I felt very good. The only problem was someone jumped on my rib cage, and I cracked a rib at the end of the season. I played in the Euros and I feel great. During this little break I’ve had, I’ve been training quite hard to keep fit. It all feels good.”

Ljungberg certainly has a history of hamstring injuries going back to his English Premier League days. See this table I found on physioroom.com.

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