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Sounders not full strength even after bye week; Zakuani undergoes blood test

Eddie Johnson (hamstring) was back and work and afterward sounded ready to face Philadelphia on Saturday. Also at work was DeAndre Yedlin, back after a week away with the US U-20 national team. However, there were still a lot of players missing or restricted, including Obafemi Martins, Steve Zakuani, Djimi Traore and Josh Ford.

Zakuani was the main surprise, as coach Sigi Schmid explained he went in for an apparently non-routine blood test following an apparently routine health checkup.

"Zakunai had to go in (for) a scheduled blood test for him that this was the only time they could do it, and then wanted to get it done before he went through training again," Schmid said. "... Something came up that they wanted to do that test this morning before practice. He was already here for practice and we had to send him in."

More from Schmid:

"We still have some guys who are coming off ailments, but everybody’s feeling better than they were last week. … Oba is on the plan in terms of what we did on him last Wednesday, and he’s progressing as we thought he should – probably a little bit ahead. Djimi, we wanted to go easy on last week. We wanted him to do a little bit of warmup and stuff today and extend it a bit, and he did that: He got through that. And Burch … also is much better so he was able to get out here today and do some stuff, but we didn’t want him to do much. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. … (Johnson) trained well last weekend, and if there are no setbacks he should be able to go this weekend. … Josh we decided to just back off of him a little bit. He had a little bit of a swelling in his knee after the (scrimmage) on Friday, so we wanted to just back off for two or three days with him."

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