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LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye out for rest of 2018 season

Recovery expected to last 4-6 months.

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An update for Los Angeles Football Club midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye and his fractured ankle came on Thursday from his head coach, Bob Bradley.

Kaye will be out 4-6 months after his surgery, Bradley told reporters at training. The surgery is scheduled for Monday. That timeline means he’s definitely out for the rest of the 2018 season, which was expected. On the short end he’ll be back for the start of 2019 preseason, and on the long end of that estimate, he’ll be back around the start of the 2019 MLS regular season.

“Mark has shown great progress this year and has been a key contributor throughout the first half of the season,” said EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington in a team statement on the injury. “We know he will work hard to come back and build on what has been a fantastic start to his LAFC career.”

LAFC writer Vince La Rosa said Kaye was at the training facility on Thursday and was in good spirits, all things considered. He said after the surgery, “It’s all up to me after that.”

Kaye has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, not just for LAFC but around MLS. He’s seemed to improve game over game as the season has progressed, and was arguably an automatic starter by the time he was hurt.

Best of luck on the surgery and the recovery and rehab process ahead for Mark.

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