Sebastián Blanco suffers right knee injury, leaves game against Seattle Sounders


Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco suffered an apparent right knee injury in the opening minutes of Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders.

You can find a link to the injury here. Disclaimer, it does not look good. 

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.

UPDATE: The Timbers have confirmed Blanco suffered a right knee injury and further examination will take place when the team gets back to Portland. The broadcast showed him on crutches to begin the second half. 

"Right now it is on the right leg around the knee," said head coach Giovanni Savarese following the match. "So tomorrow we will see after we evaluate every possibility. We'll understand a lot more exactly what happened... Hopefully he's going to be fine. We'll see." 

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 eight regular-season appearances this season, the Timbers designated player has two goals and five assists.