Jaroslaw Niezgoda suffers likely serious injury for Portland Timbers


Things were going to plan Sunday evening.

The Portland Timbers (11-5-5) held a 1-0 lead over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-14-0) at Providence Park, minutes away from the club's second consecutive victory. 

However, soon disaster struck. Both Diego Valeri and Jaroslaw Niezgoda laid on the pitch for minutes while the Timbers medical staff looked at them for apparent lower-body injuries.

It appeared like Valeri injured his left ankle, but he was able to walk off under his own power and even tried to continue to play. Head coach Giovanni Savarese disagreed and took him out of the match. 

"Valeri's fine," updated Savarese following the match. 

Meanwhile, Niezgoda was taken off on a stretcher and sent into the locker room. He laid on his right side and appeared to have suffered a left knee injury. 

After the game, Savarese did not seem optimistic about Niezgoda's injury stating it was "Not good. We'll see... It's not very positive."

He later added saying it is "the opposite"  of Valeri, who he described as "fine." 

Niezgoda, one of Portland's designated players, has seven goals and one assist in 16 appearances this season. 

Portland has media availability Monday afternoon and hopefully, there will be an update on Niezgoda's injury.