SEATTLE - MARCH 15: O'Brian White #13 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against Leonardo #22 of the Los Angeles Galaxy at Qwest Field on March 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Sounders Forward O'Brian White Undergoes Second Procedure To Remove Clot

The striker has not played since undergoing emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in late April.

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Seattle Sounders Striker O'Brian White Has Second Surgery To Remove Blood Clot

Somewhat lost in the euphoria of the Sounders 6-2 thumping of the Columbus Crew this afternoon is a bit of very bad news; Seattle forward O'Brian White has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from his leg, the second such procedure this season. The underlying issue causing the blockages was thought to have been addressed and White was removed from the disabled list on July 12th, but news of a setback first emerged after the Sounders 0-0 draw against Chivas USA two weeks ago and the club announced that the procedure had been performed shortly before the kickoff of this afternoon's game.

This is obviously not good news as it would seem to imply that the doctors treating White were incorrect in their initial diagnosis. Given that White is likely seeing some of the best doctors in the region in hopes of addressing the problem, it seems reasonable to believe that whatever it is that is leading to the problems with White's arteries is a very complex issue indeed. White made his return to action as a substitute in the Sounders friendly loss to Manchester United and later appeared in a game with the Sounders reserves. Before undergoing the initial procedure White had found his groove with Seattle and looked to be an excellent off-season acquisition.

Though the club did not rule out a return this season, given the recovery time involved after the last procedure such a thing would seem highly unlikely. At this point the concern is less about White coming back this year and more about the future of his career as a professional soccer player. It's just simply not safe for someone with such a condition to play competitively and if doctors are unable to get a handle on things it could mean a premature end to White's playing days. Here's hoping it doesn't come to that; he showed a great deal of promise before his condition forced him to the disabled list and for such a young player to be cut down just as their career was getting started would be truly heartbreaking.


Seattle Sounders Forward O'Brian White Suffers Setback In Return From Surgery To Remove Blood Clot

Seattle Sounders forward O'Brian White has suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot and was unavailable for action this afternoon in the Sounders 0-0 draw to Chivas USA. There are no details regarding the significance of the setback nor is there any updated timetable for the striker's return available at present. White returned to action in the Sounders' friendly loss to Manchester United and had previously been easing his way back into the lineup.

Whatever the case with White, it cannot be seen as good news for a Sounders side that has yet to upgrade at the forward spot with the transfer window drawing ever closer to snapping shut. Seattle has been on a solid run of form that had some questioning the need for the Sounders to sign an attacking player to fill their final designated player spot but recent scoring troubles coupled with White's renewed injury troubles make the Sounders situation significantly more dire.

That pales in comparison the White's predicament; after seemingly overcoming an affliction that might have proved fatal, White is once again faced with an uncertain future. If the setback is minor and a question of fitness, White's recovery will have reached just a minor bump in the road. If instead it is a recurrence of the blood clot that sidelined White in the first place, it's likely that the treatment that all parties seemed to think was working was instead just a temporary solution that will force the Sounders medical team back to square one. In any case, this is terrible news for the big striker who finally seemed to be finding his place in MLS this season. Here's to hoping this is just a blip on the road to recovery.


Seattle Sounders Striker O'Brian White Removed From Disabled List, Eligible To Play On Saturday

In yet another good bit of injury news for the Seattle Sounders, striker O'Brian White has been removed from the disabled list and is eligible to play as soon as Saturday. While the team has not said when he will be available for action and it's highly unlikely that he's anywhere close to 90 minute fit, White's inclusion in the 18 against the Colorado Rapids would not be shocking by any means though next Wednesday's friendly against Manchester United seems a more likely target for return to game action.

White struggled to make an impact early in the season but was beginning to become one of the Sunders more consistent threats when he was forced to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot shortly after the Sounders 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 22nd. The extent of time that White missed was less an issue of recovery time from the surgery and more due to the use of blood thinners to prevent further clotting and an inability to diagnose and treat the underlying condition.

Considering that there were some concerns about whether White would be able to return this season (or in some cases whether he would be able to return to playing at all) his return is fantastic news for a Sounders team whose schedule is about to get significantly more congested with Concacaf Champions League play about to begin. While the Sounders are widely rumored to be prepared to use their final Designated Player slot on a forward during the upcoming transfer window, the Sounders will need quality depth at the striker position if they hope to make yet another US Open Cup run and advance past the group stage of CCL play.

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