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August 19, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Schmid: Ljungberg won’t play Thursday, tests negative for migraine

Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg will be held out of Thursday’s game against New England, and it appears he’ll miss the team’s game at Houston as a precautionary measure, coach Sigi Schmid said Wednesday after team practice at Starfire.
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Ljungberg went through medical testing Tuesday to determine the cause of his memory loss and disorientation Friday when the team arrived in California to play a road game.
He did some light running at practice Tuesday and signed autographs afterward.
“We want to make sure there’s not a re-occurence,” Schmid said. “It wasn’t a migraine, we’re sure of that, but right now we’re following a very precautious procedure. They [doctors] felt the seven to 10-day protocol was the right thing to follow.”
Schmid said he’s not clear as to the cause of Ljungberg’s symptoms, but did say it was probably related to diet and the effects of air travel.
He also said it wasn’t a concussion.
Asked if Ljungberg is one who must stick to a strict regimen, routine and diet, Schmid said he is.
“everybody’s different. Some people are a little more sensitive to changes than other people are,” Schmid said.

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