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Seattle Sounders' Jaqua's absence due to concussion

Seattle Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has been missing from the starting line-up in recent times because of concussion.

Reports were circulating that the 27-year old had fallen out of favour with coach Sigi Schmid despite scoring the second most amount of goals for the sounders this term but it has since been revealed that his lack of game time recently came after he received a knock to his temple in late August against Toronto FC.

Schmid confirmed that while Jaqua was unable to play in the first team, he would try different things with him in the reserve team.

"We were looking at different things," Schmid said of Jaqua.

"We played him wide right (in the reserve game). We wanted to see how that looked. Just trying to find combinations, sometimes depending on the opponent, depending upon who's in form and who's playing well for us."

Jaqua admitted he was keen to get back into the starting line-up but knows he has to work hard to achieve that.

"I'm disappointed not being able to play much (Saturday)," Jaqua said, "but it's the way it is. I respect our coaches and I just try to contribute any way I can. I hope to get back in the starting lineup soon, we'll see whether that happens or not. But I just keep plugging and keep working hard in practice."

Andrew Slevison
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