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Osvaldo Alonso Undergoes Groin Surgery

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Recovery is not expected to be long term, but Sounders midfielder could miss start of the season.

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Turns out Osvaldo Alonso's muscle injury wasn't quite as minor as was hoped. The Seattle Sounders defensive midfielder has yet to participate in preseason training and now has undergone surgery to repair his right groin, the team announced on Saturday.

Alonso has already started the rehabilitation process and although it's not expected to be a long-term recovery, there's obviously some chance that he could miss some of the regular season. Even if he's fit in time for the March 8 opener against the New England Revolution, he'll have missed a good portion of preseason training. Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid is expected to give a more detailed update after Monday's training session.

Missing Alonso for any stretch of time would be a significant blow to the Sounders. Alonso has been one of the Sounders' most important players over the years and they've gone 3-7-3 (.92 points per game) over the past three seasons in matches their Designated Player has missed. The Sounders have gone 47-13-19 (2.02 PPG) with Alonso in the lineup.