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LAFC forward Kwadwo Opoku undergoes knee surgery, out indefinitely

A spark off the bench is now on the shelf.

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During media availability on Thursday, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley announced an update on forward Kwadwo Opoku.

“We don’t have Mahala [for Saturday’s game],” Bradley said when asked about injuries ahead of the match against New York City FC. “The last time I talked about it, he said we were assessing his situation with his knee. It turned out that it required surgery, which took place on Monday. That will keep him out for a period of time. I don’t want to say at the moment what that time is, but he is for sure out.”

Opoku hurt his knee while playing on loan for USL Championship side Las Vegas Lights FC on May 12, exiting the game in the first half immediately upon injuring it.

When asked for clarification on the nature of Opoku’s knee injury and a timetable for a return, an LAFC spokesperson told Angels on Parade on Thursday that the forward had meniscal repair surgery. However, the team does not have a specific timetable for an anticipated return to action.

So, we know he injured his meniscus and in looking at credible sources on the internet, it appears this surgery could involve a recovery time of 3-6 months. Perhaps there were other factors complicating the injury or surgery or recovery time, or perhaps the medical team needs to wait for the initial post-op swelling to go down to evaluate the timeline, maybe it will be shorter. Still, while Opoku could be on the shelf for several months, it may not be as long as a standard ACL repair, for example.

The news is a bummer for a few reasons, not least because Opoku was getting playing time for two teams, and playing real minutes for LAFC, but hopefully he recovers well and is back on the field before too long. Get well soon, Mahala.

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