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Sounders injury updates: Erik Friberg out with MCL strain, no timetable for return

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Sounders' injury list is already getting too long

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg had to come off after only 17 minutes against Real Salt Lake for what Sigi Schmid said today was an MCL strain: "we don't really know how severe, how long it might take" for Friberg to return to training.

Nelson Haedo Valdez, according to Schmid, is "not as bad, we'll see in the next few days" regarding a knock he took to his thigh against Real Salt Lake. Jordan Morris, who was also forced off against RSL with what seemed to be a head injury, is "fine" according to Schmid. Morris was jogging during training with other first team players like Cristian Roldan and Andreas Ivanschitz.

Stefan Frei, who was left off the matchday squad at the last minute on Saturday due to elbow inflammation, did some solo training today. Schmid said that "he should be able to train by Wednesday." Brad Evans is "making progress as well, so he can start working on fitness stuff."

It's quite the injury list for the Sounders, who have started the season 0-2 for only the second time since they joined Major League Soccer. Schmid says there is no cause for alarm, however, because "we've been unfortunate in the first two weeks, I thought we played fairly well. Do we deserve to be 0-2 right now? Probably not."

Assuming he has a healthy squad to work with against Vancouver and beyond, Schmid sees the Sounders as just a little bit away from playing well. "We just need to complete final passes, we need to score some goals, the ice needs to break and we need to get some luck going our way."