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Seattle Sounders Forward O'Brian White Out 'Indefinitely' After Surgery

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UPDATE: Sounders coach Sigi Schmid elaborated on White's possible return: "That’s really open-ended. I think they’ve really got to make a determination and figure out what exactly caused the clot and until they can do that what usually happens is people are on blood-thinning medication and while you’re on blood-thinning medication you can’t be in a contact sport."


Seattle Sounders forward and leading scorer O'Brian White underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg on Thursday. He will miss Saturday's game against Toronto FC and the team release said he would be "out indefinitely."

White was enjoying a solid season and had come on strong in recent weeks. He was tied for the team lead with two goals and also had two assists. He and Steve Zakuani, who is likely out for the season after breaking his leg in Friday's match, had combined for four goals and four assists. The rest of the team has combined for three goals and five assists.

Unlike Zakuani, though, the team does have an obvious replacement for White. Nate Jaqua has been nearing full fitness and will almost certainly start in White's place. If Jaqua does indeed start, it will be the first time he will have started a MLS match since the final regular season game of last year and just the fourth time he'll have started since the start of the 2010 season.

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