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Sounders remove Steve Zakuani from disabled list

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Sounders midfielder will be eligible for selection on Friday vs. Real Salt Lake.

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Steve Zakuani's long road to recovery may finally have a light at the end of the tunnel. The Seattle Sounders removed their midfielder from the disabled list on Thursday, making him eligible for Friday's game against Real Salt Lake. Zakuani had been on the disabled list since June 12 after undergoing a "sports hernia" operation, but he has not played since April 20.

Zakuani, of course, returned from a broken leg last season to play in eight games. The 25-year-old was expected to be back to full fitness this season and opened the year as the starting left midfielder. Zakuani picked up an assist in the Sounders' second game and was starting to look very much like the player who many were calling the best attacking wide midfielder in the league at the time of his injury.

But he started to struggle and then started feeling some discomfort in his groin, which caused him to take a few games off. After rest didn't help, it was finally determined that surgery would be required. The Sounders had expected him to be out 6-8 weeks, but another set back caused him to miss a few more extra weeks.

Recently, Zakuani has returned to full training.

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