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Red Bulls midfielder Valot suffers torn ACL

Chivas v New York RB - CONCACAF Champions League 2018

ZAPOPAN, MEXICO - APRIL 04: Jose Macias of Chivas fights for the ball with Florian Valot of New York RB during the semifinal match between Chivas and New York RB as part of the CONCACAF Champions League at Akron Stadium on April 4, 2018 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images)

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According to multiple reports, New York Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot suffered a torn ACL during the 4-1 win over San Jose on Saturday.

Valot was fouled from behind in the 35th minute by San Jose defender Judson who followed through with a scissor motion, and as Valot went to ground his body clearly contorted in an awkward direction, leaving him in a heap on the ground as he clutched his right knee.

The injury is a cruel blow to the 26-year-old who missed the second half of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in early July.

There is no timetable for his return, as that will be determined after his operation is complete, according to Panizo. With most ACL injuries, surgery to complete the repair often must wait days or even weeks as the swelling must come down first. It’s possible that this injury has happened early enough for Valot to return this season, but that will not be decided until a later date.

“I think I almost started crying when I saw that,” said Red Bulls winger Daniel Royer after the match, “because I know how hard he’s working, I know how tough it is to get back from a long-term injury. He was working so hard and doing so well like now when he came back, and he’s really important to the team so that was a terrible moment.”

The French-born midfielder came to the United States in 2014 after being let go by Monaco’s reserve squad. He played for Rider University for two years before joining the New York Red Bulls II in the summer of 2016, and rose to the big league club before the next season.

“When you look at the sort of season he had last year where he was so good for us and he was a really big surprise, and then for him to go down in practice with an ACL, you can’t help but let that thought into your mind,” goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “As a teammate you care for your guys, and that was my first thought, ‘please I’m hoping that he’s ok.’”

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