Some unfortunate news during Los Angeles Football Club’s good start to the week: Multiple reports on Tuesday say that forward Marcos Ureña is due to have surgery on his face after picking up an injury on Sunday against the Seattle Sounders.
Costa Rican outlet Nacion first reported on the need for surgery, claiming Ureña will likely be sidelined a month (although they also admitted the specific timetable would not be set until the surgery is done).
That report was corroborated by MLSsoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal, who confirmed surgery would take place and that the timetable is not established:
Following on a @nacion report, an LAFC spokesman confirms to me that Marco Ureña will indeed have facial surgery for an injury suffered in Sunday's match against Seattle. Timeline for his return not yet clear.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 1, 2018
Urena has started all seven of LAFC’s games, and is clearly a vital part of Bob Bradley’s lineup, although he is not a scorer. Some LAFC fans are not happy with the Costa Rican’s lack of production so far this season, which is backed up by the numbers:
Ureña is extremely influential in the way LAFC plays. He’s also been by far the worst finisher in the league so far (4.67 xG). https://t.co/WSk2QGohAJ— Ben Baer (@BenBaer89) May 1, 2018
That said, Ureña has never been a prolific striker on the club side of things, and while some may be satisfied to see the player leave the lineup for the time being, don’t be surprised if the defense, link-up play and all-around effort that Ureña displays will be missing while he’s out.
LAFC have games coming up on Saturday, then the following Wednesday and then again the following weekend. Ureña is also expected to be called up by Costa Rica to go to the World Cup, and is likely to leave for training camp near the end of the month. As a result, depending on his recovery time from surgery he could be out of LAFC’s lineup for a long time, perhaps a couple months between the injury and the World Cup itself. We’ll see.
In the meantime, expect Diego Rossi to start up top in Ureña’s slot, for Latif Blessing to come back into the starting lineup, and for one of the young backups, Rodrigo Pacheco or Shaft Brewer, Jr., to be options off the bench in the upcoming games.
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