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June 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to get second opinion on hip injury

gspurning mug 2012.jpgSounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning wasn’t with the team Monday. The 31-year-old Austrian has made his way to California to get a second opinion on a hip injury that has forced him to miss the last six MLS games.

Coach Sigi Schmid previously targeted a June 16 road game in Montreal for Gspurning’s possible return, but his recovery from what has been listed as a right hip strain hasn’t gone as expected.

Bryan Meredith has filled in as the starter in Gspurning’s absence and Andrew Weber is also making the case for playing time. Josh Ford has been training more and more in his recovery from a knee injury and would be eligible to return June 16 after going on the disabled list.

We’ll get another update later in the week on Gspurning, who leads MLS with a 0.43 goals-against average (D.C. United Bill Hamid and Sporting Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen are next at 0.83). Until then, it appears his absence will be longer than originally anticipated.

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