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June 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sounders hope to get Osvaldo Alonso closer to 100-percent healthy after break

If Osvaldo Alonso hasn’t looked 100-percent healthy to you this season, it’s because he hasn’t been.

We learned at the end of April, when there was the rare sight of him being subbed out of a game, that he had been dealing with a troublesome hamstring. Coach Sigi Schmid said Thursday that the standout midfielder is dealing with multiple issues at the moment (without clarifying).

Alonso was held out of final practice drills Thursday, but the team is expecting he should be able to play in Saturday’s road game at Chicago.

“We’ve just been going easy with Ozzie,” Schmid said. “He’s been carrying a few things that we’ve sort of gotten him through, and we’re trying to get him through Saturday. Then he’ll have a little bit of a break, and hopefully it will give him a chance to recover from it and build back up again. We had him in for most of the training today and could’ve put him into the rest of it, but we decided it was better just to let him train to the side a little bit.”

And how does Schmid think Alonso has performed this season with these nagging issues?

“I think he’s done a good job of recovering prior to games and done a good job of putting his work in and putting his effort in during games, as well,” Schmid said. “We’ve just been trying to manage him through the week, and I think his game play has been pretty good. But obviously there is a limit to how long you can do that.”

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