Erik Friberg could be ready to play again as soon as Sunday. Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer officially deemed his midfielder "day-to-day" and said he might be training as early as Thursday.
That should all be seen as a minor miracle after Friberg was involved in one of the scariest moments of the season in last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
With the game already past the three minutes of previously announced stoppage time, Friberg raced up the field on a potential breakaway. RSL center back Justen Glad was intent on not letting that happen and put in a tackle that sent Friberg flipping heels over head.
Owch. What a hip check by Glad on Friberg.. pic.twitter.com/wM1GpULp3F— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) August 15, 2016
Initially, it looked as if Friberg may have suffered a serious injury. But he was eventually able to stand up and was well enough after the match that Schmetzer joked that Friberg was "alive" and later confirmed it was nothing more than a "quad contusion", effectively a bruise.
"It wasn’t as bad as it looked," Schmetzer said on Tuesday. "We watched it on film today and it was like gymnastics in the Olympics, he really got flipped over. It was a bad foul. I know the kid didn’t mean it, but it was a pretty bad tackle. We are doing everything we can to get him back out as soon as possible."