For the first time since early June, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani is officially eligible to play in Major League Soccer games. His club removed him from the Disabled List on Thursday, exactly three months after he had successful sports hernia surgery to repair his athletic pubalgia.
After training Thursday, head coach Sigi Schmid listed him among players who would not be available for Friday’s clash with Real Salt Lake, but it seems Zakuani could play a role in the run-in to the playoffs. Zakuani’s bad luck with injuries continued in early 2013, two years after a horrific broken leg and in the first season since making a full recovery.
It’s been a frustrating season for the winger, who failed to generate much momentum at the start due to further small injuries and illness. In 468 minutes over six games in March and April, Zakuani managed just one assist, in a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on March 16.