Diego Valeri, the Portland Timbers midfielder, will have surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament, also known as ACL, in his left knee. He suffered the injury in this past Saturday’s game against FC Dallas.
No official date has been set for his operation. However, he may have to let his swollen goes down before the doctors can proceed with the surgery.
Valeri was injured in the 26th minute in the game. Once he went down, he stayed down for several minutes as the training staff evaluated his knee.
Even though he was injured, he continued to play until he was substituted out at halftime.
Once the surgery is done, he could be out six months. The latest, depending on a number of factors, he could miss eight months.
With that time frame, he could return either late in March or early April. Yet, after returning, he’ll have to get back into game shape, which could take an additional week or several weeks, depending on how he does.
This injury is definitely going to hurt the team, as he’s finished the season with 11 goals and 14 assists. Both were team highs, and he was named to the MLS All-Star team.
Before his injury, he was being considered for the MLS MVP Award.
While Valeri is injured, he’s not the only Timbers player, who is current out. Captain Will Johnson is recovering from a broken leg.
The Timbers, with these two injured, could make a move to improve their team before they’re able to return.