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June 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

O’Brian White talks to reporters for the first time since surgery

white mug.jpgSounders FC forward O’Brian White has been out at training for the past week or so. He was able to jog quite a bit Monday and coach Sigi Schmid said his workouts now are reaching preseason-like intensity.

White underwent surgery on April 28 to remove a blood clot in his left leg. Before Tuesday’s Reserve League game he took questions from reporters at Starfire:

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(How does it feel to be out and active again?) “It feels good. It feels good to be out and finally be around the team and working out with the trainers. It was tough, but it’s good to get over that hump now and just working to get out on the field.”

(What was the hardest part?) “Going through the surgery I didn’t know what was going to happen. That was difficult, but I’m glad they caught it early and removed it. It feels good now to move forward and get back healthy.”

(What it was like having to sit out?) “I’m not used to be inactive. Just to be sitting at home is no fun. It’s good to be back active and get back into a routine, and slowly getting back to what I do.”

(What’s next?) “Now it’s just keep working, getting my heart rate up. Slowly get back fit. It’s not going to be a rush, but I’m feeling good. I’m definitely going to start to do more, so that’s good.”

(How’s the process of getting back some weight?) “I lost like 14 pounds, but so far I’ve gained back like six pounds. I’m making progress in the weight gaining.”

(How long were you playing with pain?) “For like three weeks or four weeks it was numb, but it wasn’t pain. It was numb, and it’d go and come, so I didn’t think much of it. But we did an MRI and it was negative. Once we got back from Colorado, that’s when I started to feel pain in my calf. That’s when we did the ultrasound and found it.”

(Most surgeries are the result of injury, but this one was a little different, right?) “Yeah, it’s a different. It’s actually something where you’re glad they caught it early and do the surgery early to remove it. I was very happy for that. At Virginia Mason they took good care of me, and my teammates and coaches and everyone were there to support me. I got a lot of letters from the fans, so I really appreciate that.”

(What are you looking forward to most?) “Just playing. Joining the team. They definitely rallied around me, so just to be back there and back with them and helping out the team.”

(Was there ever a time you wondered if you’d be able to play again?) “Yeah, when they said it was a blood clot. I never really read about it in-depth until I heard I had a blood clot. It’s something that’s very serious. At first I didn’t know if I’d play this season or at all. After the surgery I was on blood thinners and I was out, which was good. It meant I’d probably be back sooner rather than later.”

(Seems minor on the grand scale of things, but are you disappointed to miss the Toronto trip?) “Definitely, but now I’m just happy to be getting back. I just want to get back on the field. It’d be good to go back to Toronto to play, but it’s even better to get back fit then go back and play.”

(And when you’re back you’ll be 100-percent?) “Yeah, there shouldn’t be any side effects or anything. Just getting back healthy, strong and out there. Getting back into a routine.”

(Anything to say to the supporters?) “Thanks a lot. Sometimes people might take a little ‘Get well soon’ for granted, but when in that situation it really means a lot. It definitely cheers you up a little. It was good and I really appreciate it. It showed that I really mean something to the fans and I really appreciate it a lot.”

(Do they know what caused the clot?) “They said it was a rubbing of the muscle probably, but it was a strange one. They said normally it occurs in the vein, but mine was in the artery. It was tough one. They’d never seen anything like that before. Thank god they got it removed and I can move on.”

(Can it come back?) “They send they doubt it will come back, but I’ll do another X-ray before I start play again to make sure everything is OK.”


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