Ljungberg keen to make first debut  

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Former Arsenal star ljungberg now in joining MLS league and keen to make first debut after pass injury problem since last he played in west ham team in last season.

Freddie Ljungberg has declared himself fit to make his Major League Soccer debut for Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Ljungberg is set to make an appearance for the Sounders at Qwest Field when they take on Real Salt Lake in the second game of their inaugural Major League Soccer campaign having undergone off-season hip surgery following his move from West Ham.

It will be the Sweden midfielder's first game since last summer's European Championships and Ljungberg said: "I've been feeling good so it shouldn't be a problem.

"I'll play part of the game for sure, so I don't overdo it."

Ljungberg, 31, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup finals with Arsenal between 1995 and 2005, said he expects to start from the bench and play for the last 30 minutes against Salt Lake as he works his way back to match fitness.

"If it feels great after this 30, then maybe we'll start to play from the beginning. And then we'll see when the tank is empty and I maybe have to go off, but that's how we're going to start with it," he said.

Ljungberg played part of a reserve game last week for the Sounders, who signed the Swede on a reported US $1.4 million per year deal as a designated player, the category that allows MLS teams to count up to two players outside their salary cap.


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