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February 28, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Forward Eddie Johnson won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason game

johnson eddie mug.jpgSounders FC coach Sigi Schmid has ruled forward Eddie Johnson out of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. preseason game against Jaguares de Chiapas at CenturyLink Field.

Johnson, 27, has been recovering from a hamstring injury sustained last week. He has yet to be fully integrated back into training, but his progress so far has been good.

“We want to be careful,” said Schmid. “He felt that today. There were really only a couple of movements that he didn’t feel really good at doing. Outside of that, he says he’s making good progress. He’s probably 85 percent of the way back, 90 percent of the way, but we want to be careful because I think he’s going to be an important player for us.

“Having had a chance to work with Eddie now for three or four days, you’re surprised that his touch is very, very good. His timing, as to when he opens up, is very good. I think when we get him on the field together with Fredy Montero, I think they’re going to be a very good combination.”

That won’t be Wednesday, and we’ll have to see if he’s able to factor in the Sounders’ March 7 home game against Santos Laguna.

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