Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

May 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

GK Michael Gspurning out 2-3 weeks with right hip injury

gspurning san jose.jpgPhoto credit: John Lok, The Seattle Times

The MRI results are in and they’re not great. Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is expected to miss two to three weeks due to his right hip injury.

Thursday’s scan revealed an issue with a particular muscle, according to coach Sigi Schmid, who wasn’t sure of the specifics (we’re expecting clarification from the team). Gspurning, who had started the first seven games of the season, will be shut down for a week and then will need some more time to build back up to full activity.

It will be the first time in franchise history Seattle will see its starting goalkeeper miss an MLS game due to injury.

“I think there’s an outside shot that he would be able to be back by the time we play Vancouver (on May 19) or possibly the week after,” said Schmid.

Gspurning left Wednesday’s game at halftime due to the injury and will undergo some treatment Monday to help aid the recovery process. He had been dealing with discomfort in his right hip for a couple weeks, but there seemed to be little concern that this could become a recurring issue.

“He’s never had it before,” said Schmid. “It’s something that happened and they’ve isolated it to the particular muscle. There’s some inflammation there and it’s just one particular movement that it catches on. That’s why ramping him up is going to be a littler bit easier than normal, because (we just have to) avoid that particular kicking movement. He can do handling, he can do a lot of other stuff as he builds back. So it’s not like it’ll be he can do nothing for two to three weeks and then all of a sudden you’re all in. It’s like, ‘OK, we need to let it calm down so you do nothing for three-, four days,’ and then he can slowly build up.”

Backup goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, who replaced Gspurning at halftime of Wednesday’s game, will start on Saturday against the Union. Andrew Weber, who was cleared this week after recovering from a high ankle sprain, has practiced the last two days and will be on the bench, according to Schmid.

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►