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Sebastián Blanco suffers torn ACL, will miss remainder of Portland Timbers season

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Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco suffered a right torn ACL in the opening minutes of Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders, an MRI confirmed. 

The Timbers confirmed Tuesday that Seba will miss the remainder of the season with a timetable for his return to be made following his procedure. 

Seba took to Instagram to give a statement on the injury.

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, 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.

The Timbers would later confirm he suffered a right knee injury and further examination would 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 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." 

Now, the team will rely on a committee approach to replace his production. No single Timber will step into his role and be able to score three goals and five assists in seven matches like Blanco did in Orlando. But as a team, Portland stands a chance.

All season long, Savarese has lauded at the offensive talent he possesses in his rotation, specifically at striker between Jeremy Ebobisse, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, and Felipe Mora.

"It's a good problem for me to have. It's always good to have this type of strikers that can produce." 

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