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April 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Chatting with Nate Jaqua about his injury and recovery

(Q: Having surgery has certain negative connotations, but would you say you’re optimistic about this? Being able to finally get right?)
“Yeah. I think it’s a positive thing. It was kind of vague what the problem was the last few months and trying to figure it out… I was pretty happy with the doctor in Philadelphia and what he told me and I think this should do the fix. It’s not a real uncommon thing. I think there’s five or six guys on our team that have had this similar surgery. So I think it’s a pretty positive thing.”
(Q: What’s the process now to get back on the field?)
“It’s actually a pretty quick recovery. I think they’re going to take it a little bit slower because there was a lot of other stuff going on… But the first week is walking, walking a mile a day. After that I can start doing exercises and three weeks is kind of where you can start getting back into training a little bit. Obviously I’m going to take it slow and week by week, and if I’m having problems maybe take it a little slow since it’s been such a long time off. But yeah, I’m optimistic to be back in anywhere from 4-6 weeks.”


(Q: What was the pain level or limitations of the injury? Sounds like a weird injury)
“It is a weird one. It’s something where you give it a week off, you start to feel better. You go back out and train, but after that day of training, the next training practice, a lot of pain in my abductors, a lot of pain in my groin and it just starts progressively getting worse and worse and it starts locking up to where you can’t play. I like to think of myself as a relatively tough guy and it just gets to the point where your body just doesn’t function.”
(Q: When did you start feeling it? When did the issue start?)
“At the end of last year I started to feel a little bit of pain in there, but it was something that wasn’t a problem. It wasn’t keeping me out of games. I remember taking Advil before games so it wouldn’t be an issue. Talking to the doctors at the end of the year and they just figured you give it that rest at the end of the season it should be fine. Then you come back and you still kind of had it. Or it was almost even worse. So it’s been a little bit of a process but hopefully this is the fix, this is the answer.”
(Q: What’s it like being everyone’s favorite Sounders right now? Everyone can’t wait for you to get back!)
“I don’t know about that (laughs). I want to be out there more than anybody. It’ll be nice. But I think we’re doing well right now. I think we were unlucky last week and hopefully this week going to Salt Lake City we can get a big win against a team that’s playing pretty well right now.”

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