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April 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

A stop and chat with Patrick Ianni

ianni mug 2013Sounders FC defender Patrick Ianni is in the final stages of recovery from a broken foot suffered in preseason. He played 68 minutes in Monday’s reserve game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and has been training with the group here for several days.

I caught up with Ianni after Thursday’s practice and here is a full transcript of the interview:

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(How did the reserve game go?) “The reserve game was all right. First 20 minutes were pretty good, and then they had the better of the play for most of the game. But Zavaleta scored a good header off a good ball from Burch. I think it was good fitness for guys and I think everyone improved a little bit on the day, so it was good.”

(We had heard the plan was for you to go 45 minutes, but you ended up going almost 70. Did the plan change?) “All the moaning and complaining I did during the week got me an extra 23 minutes. That was the goal for me, trying to get as many minutes as I could.”

(So what exactly happened on your injury during that jump test in preseason?) “I came down and just rolled on it to the outside and that was it — I broke my fourth metatarsal.”

(Have you ever had an injury like this before?) “No. This is my first serious injury, for sure. First broken bone since I was 16 and broke my thumb, but that doesn’t count.”

(We had heard when you first got hurt it might be a 4-6 week recovery. Was that timeline off or did something happen in recovery?) “I think it was six weeks before I could start running again. It had nothing to do with getting back on the field and playing. I think Estrada’s (broken foot injury) was like 12 weeks until he got back on the field, so for me it was like 10-and-a-half weeks leading into the reserve game. I’m pretty happy with where I am. A little bit needs to get better, but pretty soon I’ll be done watching games up in the press box with you guys.”

(There were high hopes for you coming into this season. How has this affected you?) “My biggest thing for me in the offseason was no matter what happened — and I didn’t expect something as crazy as this and this kind of a setback — but I told myself whatever it is, and no matter the recognition I get, or no matter what happens that I have a goal for the end of the year. And nothing is going to stop me or get in my way. This is an early test, but I still have a lot of soccer yet to play.”

(What have your impressions been on the 0-3-2 start?) “Obviously everyone cares and wants to win, but sometimes it doesn’t go your way. Soccer is that way. I just think that we need to keep working together and keep persevering. There’s a lot to that question, but the biggest thing is just persevere. I know the wins are going to come. We just need to keep continuing to work.”

(Is fitness the biggest thing for you now?) “It’s a little bit my foot still. A little bit of fitness, too, for sure. A little bit of both, so I’ll keep working on that, and when I’m ready, I’m ready. I just have to work hard every day and I know I’ll be back in the fold soon.”

(Is it pain or something limiting what you can do functionally?) “Pain when doing certain things, which then leads to limitations in a way.”

(Have doctors told you that’s to be expected and part of the final stages of recovery?) “Yeah, that’s part of the process. It’s nothing bad right now, and after the reserve game it was sore, but that’s just normal, I guess. I don’t really know. Those questions are way above my medical expertise.”


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