Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Ljungberg recovered from surgery, back in Seattle

Ljungberg recovered from surgery, back in Seattle

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg says he's recovered from hip surgery and eager to get on the field for the Seattle Sounders FC's Major League Soccer debut, although the team is likely to be more cautious.
"I want to start playing now but they want me to be careful," Ljungberg said Tuesday after practice. "We're so much ahead of schedule that they're scared it's too good to be true and they are worried that if I start training really hard, I'd have a setback."
Seattle makes its plays its first MLS match on March 19 against the New York Red Bulls, but it's likely Ljungberg _ the fourth-highest-paid player in the league at $1.3 million per season _ will be just a spectator on opening night.
He is nearly three months removed from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum and shave a small amount of bone where his left hip meets the femur.
The issues with his hip were also causing hamstring problems that hampered his final two seasons playing at Arsenal in the English Premier League. Ljungberg said doctors guessed he first injured the hip two years ago.
"That's why sometimes my hamstring has been straining," Ljungberg said. "Like (the doctor) said, 'If you had a lower pain threshold you would have said something was wrong with your hip' and I would have been better. I'm mostly just happy that it's done now and I can get on with it and don't have that nagging thing with my hamstring."
With Ljungberg likely out for Seattle's opener, his debut could come on March 28 against Real Salt Lake or April 4 at Toronto. But first he needs to complete a full practice.
In his first two days, Seattle's coaches are allowing Ljungberg to participate in basic drills until the team goes through an 11-on-11 practice match. Then Ljungberg goes off to the sideline for conditioning with Seattle's fitness coach.
He's also having extra training sessions after practices to help increase strength and stability in his hip and hamstring.
"Freddie's a lot further along than we anticipated at this stage. He's made a pretty good recovery," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "He's worked very hard at it and for him right now it's about doing the fine-tuning things: making sure he can run full out, strike a ball full out and all those things. And (we) also want to be smart. It's better to be a day late than a day early and have a guy get re-injured again."


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:39 GMT+08:00