I had the chance to ask Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid today about O’Brian White‘s recovery. The 25-year-old forward (right) underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on April 28 and was discharged from the hospital only last week.
Here’s the update from Schmid:
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“He’s still dealing with the effects of the surgery as much as anything. For them to get in there and remove the blood clot, it’s meant that his motion in that leg has had to remain a little bit still so that you don’t have complications. Once that’s over, once he’s recovered from that and the vein’s OK, then our expectation is actually at that point that his recovery should go reasonably quickly — meaning there shouldn’t be any more setbacks from there on out. It’s not like it would be like a four-month recovery. We would have to play it day by day because obviously he’s lost some weight and hasn’t been able to do much. All of us know that when we don’t exercise our muscles atrophy quickly, and he’s got a little bit of that going on. But once they say, ‘Hey, the surgery is healed. You can start doing some stuff,’ then he should be able to get on the bike right away and hopefully three of four days later be able to get on the treadmill and he can progress fairly quickly.”