Timbers’ Diego Valeri has successful ACL surgery

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri has successful underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Monday evening. The procedure was performed by Timbers Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Edelson.

The operation was performed at the Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard, Oregon. The new timeline is that he’ll miss at least five months.

Originally, it was thought that he could miss anywhere between six-to-eight months.

Valeri could potentially be back on the pitch at the beginning of April. But, even after returning, he’ll have to take some time to get back to game speed.

That could potentially be a week or longer, depending on how he handles it.

Valeri was injured against FC Dallas on October 25th. 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.

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.

The 28-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Timbers. He has made 32 starts in his 33 games with the team.

Besides the 11 goals and 14 assists, he had three multi-assist games. He had the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win over FC Bayern Munich in the MLS All-Star game.

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