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Steve Zakuani's blood test no longer a concern, but groin still is

Sounders midfielder could still be out this week against Philadelphia Union as he continued to be limited in training.


Everyone can take a deep breath: Steve Zakuani's blood test did not reveal anything major. That's undeniably good news, although his groin injury could still keep him out of action.

"I didn't mean to alarm the world by saying he needed to go in for a blood test," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. It wasn't anything major. He was out here. He did more more today."

There was still no word on why, exactly, the Sounders medical staff needed to pull Zakuani out of training to do the blood test, but that seems like less of a pressing issue now.

What could be a bit more of a problem is the groin injury Zakuani has been dealing with. He has not fully trained since the Colorado Rapids match and has mostly been working off to the side. For a player like Zakuani who relies so much on his speed, caution is probably the right choice. Schmid said the team will make a decision about his availability after Wednesday's training session.

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