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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.