Freddie Ljungberg was absent from Sounders training this morning, and afterward coach Sigi Schmid explained the he had tweaked his ankle in training yesterday and will not be available to the club in its game tomorrow against Dallas.
But on a week when Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer have seemed impressed with the effort that their lesser-credentialed young players gave in the Open Cup on Wednesday (today's topic in the TNT), Schmid seemed notably comfortable with the lineup card he will be able to fill out:
"I thought our team played with a lot of endeavor and a lot of energy Wednesday night. We want to bring the same endeavor and energy onto the field on Sunday. That's our objective. You've got to play with the players you have. And we want those players to go out there, perform, and play with a high level of desire and energy and get the result we're looking for."
Schmid had no prognosis on Ljungberg other than "day to day." But he said the injury will not require surgery, nor has Ljungberg been placed on any injury list.
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Meanwhile, the club also clarified that incoming forward Blaise Nkufo will join the club on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and there is a chance he could play against United on Thursday.