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July 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

O’Brian White on his recovery: “I feel like I’m ready to play.”

white mug.jpgSounders FC forward O’Brian White (right) was taken off of the disabled list today and is immediately eligible to play in MLS games. The 25-year-old Jamaican was placed on the DL on April 27 shortly after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his left leg.

Coach Sigi Schmid said White could return Saturday at home against the Colorado Rapids or next week in a friendly against Manchester United.

Here’s the transcript of an interview White had with reporters today after practice:

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(Your coach said it’s possible you might Saturday. Do you feel like you’re close to being ready?) “I feel like I’m ready to play, especially since I’ll be coming off the bench and playing limited minutes. I feel like I’m ready for that. I’ve been doing a lot of training and a lot of playing, so I feel comfortable right now.”

(Are you looking forward to a game after all this training?) “Definitely. I’m looking forward to it. That’s why when I got injured I put in a lot of work training hard, so I could be ready to go back out there.”

(Could there be an advantage to playing in a friendly first?) “That’d be good. It’s a game with no pressure. I could just go out there and get the habit of playing back. Definitely no matter how much you train, match fitness is a bit different. It’ll be good to get out and break a sweat.”

(How has the process gone these last couple months?) “It’s been good. They’ve been monitoring everything I do. It’s not like I’m coming back rushed. The doctor’s said everything is good so I think it’s time now. I feel good. I feel fitter. I feel confident coming back. I just feel it’s the right time now.”

(How did this recovery compare to previous long-term recoveries?) “Obviously the other one (from major knee surgery) was longer at nine months, but this one was more serious. They were both kind of different. This one has definitely changed the way you feel about everything. Anything can happen at any given time. It’s good thing the doctors found it early and got it out.”

(How did you know something was wrong?) “I was just training and my leg just kept getting numb. But it was a cold day, you know? It came and went, it wasn’t constantly numb, so I didn’t (think it was) anything. We had an MRI and it was negative. When we got back from Colorado that’s when I felt it. They did an ultrasound and that’s when they found it.”

(That’s not a very normal diagnosis? Was it scary?) “It’s not normal at all. Especially just going there to do the ultrasound and then the doctor said we had to do the surgery right away. It was a shock to me. I just had to get it done.”

(Did it seem to you like your injury got a little lost at all during Zakuani’s?) “No, I definitely think he deserved it. Especially with his injury and being that (he could be) done for the season, I think he deserved that support. Both were serious, but I think he deserved all the attention and support for it. Steve is a great guy; we text each other almost every day.”

(Was the timing of the injury frustrating since you were in form and starting to get things going?) “Yeah, definitely. The team and everything was getting better, starting to flow. Then the injuries, not just for myself but … Steve went out in the same game pretty much.”

(Any physical limitations? Or just fitness?) “It’s fitness and my fitness is better now. I’d been training twice a day, but I’m back to one now, so it’s good. I get more time to recover.”

(How have the last couple weeks gone?) “It’s so much better. I feel so much sharper. The more I play, the sharper I get. I think it’s just a matter of keep playing and once I get a couple games in I’ll be close to getting back to myself.”


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