Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco has undergone successful surgery to repair a right torn ACL with an expected return of six months, the team announced Monday. Dr. Richard Edelson performed the surgery.
Blanco will conduct his rehabilitation with the Timbers sports medicine staff at Providence Park and at the Providence Sports Care Center.
Blanco has been arguably the Timbers' best player this season, winning the MLS is Back Tournament MVP after scoring three goals and dishing out five assists inside the Orlando bubble. In nine regular-season appearances this season, the Timbers designated player has two goals and five assists.
"You go back to the MLS is Back Tournament, he was the MVP," explained head coach Giovanni Savarese. "In this team he is someone that is well-liked by everybody. He's a competitor. He's a motivator. He just makes a difference on the field. He's a very important player and... very important component on our team."
After the injury happened in the opening minutes in Portland's match against Seattle last week, play was stopped as the Timbers medical team attended to Blanco who sat on the ground. Minutes later, while sitting on the sideline, Blanco burst into tears while favoring his right knee.
He would be substituted out of the match in the 5th minute and be replaced by Marvin Loría making Blanco ineligible to return. As Loría took the pitch, Blanco was being carried off by a stretcher.
Two days later, an MRI confirmed that he had torn his right ACL.
We wish Seba a speedy recovery!