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O'Brian White undergoes leg surgery

The Sounders are training this morning, so we'll likely get more details soon, and of course I'll be back with that as soon as possible. But no doubt this is disappointing timing for White, who clearly wanted to play this weekend against Toronto.

Seattle Sounders FC announced today that forward O'Brian White underwent surgery on Wednesday in Seattle to remove a blood clot in his left leg.

A vascular specialist performed the surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center, where White will remain for several days. He will be out of action indefinitely.

White, 25, started the first seven matches this season and is the team's co-leader with two goals. He also has two assists.

Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about this today:

On O’Brian White) “Obviously it’s good for O’Brian that they were able to identify it now before that can obviously develop into a serious life-threatening type of issue. It’s been a strange one for our team. You lose another player who has been very important. We are basically losing our top two scorers so far as we are into the season but we have to move on. We’ve got players who are professional players who are ready to play and take their spot.”

On when White can return) “That’s really open-ended. I think they’ve really got to make a determination and figure out what exactly caused the clot and until they can do that what usually happens is people are on blood-thinning medication and while you’re on blood-thinning medication you can't be in a contact sport.”

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