Since the Seattle Sounders returned to training at Starfire earlier this week, there’s been a conspicuous absence: Nicolas Lodeiro. On Tuesday, head coach Brian Schmetzer offered an explanation.
“He’s been getting some treatment for some tendinitis issues back in Uruguay and he will join us in Mexico,” Schmetzer told reporters. “It’s been a lingering issue. He had it toward the end of last year and we as always try to pull out all the stops as far as getting people prepared for the season. Nico wants to make sure he’s 100 percent for the start of the season.”
Asked how the Sounders would compensate for his midfielder’s absence, Schmetzer didn’t seem particularly worried.
“Nico has been pretty durable so I don’t expect that to be an issue,” he said.
Lodeiro has been remarkably durable since joining the Sounders during the 2016 season. Overall, he’s appeared in 118 of 133 MLS matches in that time. The vast majority of those 15 absences have been due to international duty or suspension. Lodeiro missed two games last year due to a lower-back injury and another game in 2018 due to a foot injury, which was largely seen as precautionary as he was prepping for pre-World Cup camp with Uruguay. He also missed a Champions League match in 2018 due to a foot injury.
The quote from Schmetzer was originally mistranscribed and later corrected.