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Seattle Sounders FC takes Steve Zakuani off disabled list

Sep 12, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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For the first time since early June, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani is officially eligible to play in Major League Soccer games. His club removed him from the Disabled List on Thursday, exactly three months after he had successful sports hernia surgery to repair his athletic pubalgia.

After training Thursday, head coach Sigi Schmid listed him among players who would not be available for Friday’s clash with Real Salt Lake, but it seems Zakuani could play a role in the run-in to the playoffs. Zakuani’s bad luck with injuries continued in early 2013, two years after a horrific broken leg and in the first season since making a full recovery.

It’s been a frustrating season for the winger, who failed to generate much momentum at the start due to further small injuries and illness. In 468 minutes over six games in March and April, Zakuani managed just one assist, in a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on March 16.

  1. hildezero - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    If it wasn’t for that injury, Zakuani could’ve been a great player in MLS. I hope the best for him to get back to those old days.

  2. rondempsey13 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Reblogged this on Best Spokane Soccer Clubs and commented:
    Great news for the Seattle Sounders

  3. talgrath - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Great news for the Sounders, while Neagle does an admirable job, I can’t help but feel that Zakuani is better on the left mid than any other player; he provides scorching runs and pretty good service. That said, he probably won’t be back in time for this season to the first team.

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