Not only did Los Angeles Football Club fail to hold onto a lead for the second time against crosstown rivals LA Galaxy in Thursday’s second edition of El Trafico, but one of their key players this season suffered a major injury in the match.
LAFC manager Bob Bradley began his postgame press conference by announcing that midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, suffered a “fractured inside part of the ankle, surgery, so that part has had me in a bad mood since I got the report at halftime.”
Kaye injured the ankle around the 19th minute, as Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen dragged Kaye’s leg while trying to make a tackle. Kaye’s left ankle rolled, and his foot partially came out of his boot from the force. He spent several minutes on the ground and had to be carried off the field, and the Canadian international knew something was wrong, as he cried as he came off the field, replaced by Eduard Atuesta.
So far, there’s no timetable from the club as far as how long Kaye will be out of action. I will say that ankle surgery is from my recollection basically never a brief layoff of a couple weeks and then back on the mend, but I don’t have any inside information. Still, it would not be a shock if he’s done for the season, but we’ll see on that count in the days to come.
Terrible news for Mark-Anthony, who went from someone thought to be a prospect who would likely help fill out the bench to a vital starter for LAFC. The 23-year-old had only missed one game this season in league play, starting 19 and scoring two goals and five assists from an evolving central midfield role. It will also be a big loss for LAFC, too, as they look to avoid late collapses that cost them points in the homestretch of the season.
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