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March 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Are injuries becoming a concern?

By my count, 10 Sounders are currently recovering from injuries — obviously to varying degrees — and that doesn’t include O’Brian White, whose contract was recently bought out as he recovers from the recurring blood clots in his leg. Here’s the list:

Brad Evans (hamstring)

Adam Johansson (hamstring)

Eddie Johnson (hip)

Mauro Rosales (knee)

Steve Zakuani (leg)

Babayele Sodade (knee)

Michael Tetteh (hamstring)

Josh Ford (knee)

Andrew Duran (knee)

Cordell Cato (ankle)

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Cato is the newest addition to the list after we learned he injured his ankle while with the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic qualifying team — it isn’t believed to be serious. With such an influx on injuries, I asked coach Sigi Schmid if he was getting concerned and if they might have to look at some roster maneuvering to get more healthy bodies on the team.

“I don’t think we’re capable of signing anybody at this stage, just because of where we are on the salary cap and so forth,” Schmid said. “Unless the league’s going to give us some sort of relief on the cap, but I don’t think that’s coming.

“The injuries are a concern only because they seem to have come at the same time. A lot of them were unavoidable-type injuries. We always look at it when we have a series of injuries: Is it something in training? Is it something that we’re not doing or that we’re doing to much of and overloading them? We look at those things. The injuries have happened in strange ways and in different arenas in terms of a guy playing for Canada (Sodade), another guy getting run over by Aaron Maund (Rosales), another guy who hasn’t played a lot of games coming into it and missing preseason (Johnson) — it’s really nothing constant. It’s something we have to deal with, but I think we’re also getting healthier, slowly.”

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