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LAFC Injury Update: Mohamed El-Munir set to return to practice

Good news after an unusual injury.

SOCCER: JUL 03 MLS - LAFC at Sporting Kansas City Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Four weeks after suffering a fracture to his zygomatic arch due to a controversial clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles Football Club defender Mohamed El-Munir is set to return to training with the first team next week. As first reported by Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times, El-Munir is expected to wear a mask when he returns to training.

Based on the post-operative protocols for an open reduction/internal fixation (ORIF) of the zygomatic arch and normal timelines for bone healing, it was estimated his return to training would fall within a 4-6 week time period. At this point, bone growth has progressed to the formation of a hard callus within the fracture, which is structurally sound enough to return to activity. However, a protective mask is usually advised to provide an extra layer of protection as the bone has not fully matured and is susceptible to re-injury.

At this point of his rehabilitation, it will be up to the training staff to begin work on returning to match fitness. During this time, he will slowly increase his level of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal strength/fitness in order to be ready for both contact and non-contact phases of play. Should there be no further complications in his recovery, it is safe to say he could make his return in the next 2-3 weeks.

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