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May 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Coach Sigi Schmid provides an update on O’Brian White

white mug.jpgI didn’t make it out to the very start of Sounders FC practice today, but I’m told midfielder Alvaro Fernandez and forward O’Brian White (right) were lightly jogging early on. They had gone to the locker room before I arrived, but coach Sigi Schmid filled us in, particularly on White’s progress. In case you don’t remember, White underwent surgery at the end of April to remove a blood clot from his leg.

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(Did I hear Alvaro and O’Brian were out here jogging earlier? Do you have an update on them?) “Alvaro jogged, and O’Brian’s been on the bike now for about three days or so, so he was able to get out there and jog around a little bit. But it’s a nasty looking scar.”

(Is there a timetable for White’s recovery yet? ) “It’s too early for any timetable. They have to see how he does with a little bit of activity, make sure that there’s no coagulation that’s taking place and things like that. Then they can decide to push him further.”

(But surely these are steps forward for White?) “Yeah, it’s definitely a step forward. The first stage was biking and he suffered no setbacks. Today it was like walking and jumping a little bit and seeing how he responds to that. Maybe light jogging is in his future in the next couple of days.”

(Does that mean he’s off blood thinners and they’ve figured out what caused the clot?) “You have to ask the doctors and trainers exactly about that. They feel they’ve determined what they think caused it, but until he really returns to a heavier amount of activity, you can’t determine for sure if that solved the problem.

(Must be a boost still to see him around and improving…) “It was great. It was great to see him out there. He’s always got a smile on his face, so it was good to see him in the locker room as well.”

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