Sounders coach Sigi Schmid returned to training today, three days after undergoing surgery for partial knee replacement. He was driven to and from the practice field in a cart, and got around otherwise on crutches.
Here’s some of what he had to say:
On how he feels: Good. The surgery went well, and the recovery has gone well so far. I’m trying to stay off all the pain meds so I don’t go psychologically crazy on anybody. But no, it’s been good; its been coming along pretty good.
On the timing of the surgery: I was trying to wait until the end of the season; that’s what I really wanted to do. But it just kept getting worse and worse, and it was just painful all the time. Even like yesterday, coming home and watching games on TV, being able to sit there and watch TV and have your leg up and not have it throb is a nice change of pace. I just felt it was getting so bad that I didn’t want to wake up in a bad mood and take it out on my team, so I figured I’d better get surgery.
On if he’s a game-day decision for coaching Wednesday against D.C. United: The questions are am I going to crutch, am I going to cane it, or are they going to cart me over. So that’s the game-day decision.