Ljungberg in Hammers injury revelation

PUBLISHED: 18:33 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 05 October 2010

Hammers flop Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that he was playing with a broken hip throughout his spell at Upton Park

Hammers flop Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that he was playing with a broken hip throughout his spell at Upton Park.

West Ham made Ljungberg one of the club's highest-paid players when the Swede joined in a £1.5m deal from Arsenal in July 2007.

But the Hammers tore up Ljungberg's four-year contract after just one injury-hit season at Upton Park, handing the 32-year-old a massive £6m payout last August.

He joined Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders three months later, where specialists discovered that the midfielder had spent two years playing with the unknown hip injury.

Ljungberg said: "The doctors found out the hip was the reason I had so many hamstring injuries.

"I had an operation and was told it would take up to five months to recover. But I only missed the first three games [of the MLS season]. I feel very good at the moment."

Ljungberg has proved a major hit in Seattle, helping the Sounders into second place in the MLS Western Conference in their debut season.

"I certainly have no regrets about leaving the Premier League," he said.

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