August 23, 2009 in Sports

Sounders’ Ljungberg ready

Seattle Times

TUKWILA, Wash. – Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, a condition that he said contributed to his feeling disoriented with memory loss last week.

The condition is manageable by eating the proper foods, in this case more carbohydrates, throughout the day.

The Sounders FC star practiced Friday and could be ready to play half the game today when Seattle takes on the Houston Dynamo in Houston.

“I found out why I get migraine-like symptoms. I’m hypoglycemic,” Ljung-berg said. “I can’t eat too much sugar.

“What happened Friday was that we were traveling, and in Europe when we travel, we have our own chef at training so we eat all the time. When you’re hypoglycemic you need to eat all the time, good food. So what we did was I just went to the airport and got some bagels or something, not really helping me. So my body crashed.”

Ljungberg explained that his body shut down, and his memory was first to go. He said he believes the condition has also triggered the migraine-like symptoms that have limited his ability to play.

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