LAFC announced on Friday that homegrown defender/midfielder Erik Dueñas has suffered a torn ACL and torn MCL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2021 season, the injury requiring surgery.
Dueñas suffered the injury while on loan with Las Vegas Lights earlier this month. He’s made six appearances (three starts) this season for Las Vegas in the USL Championship.
While Dueñas has not played in MLS this season, the injury is a blow in part because the 16-year-old had already suffered an injury-hit season and it looked like he was finally starting to find some traction and work his way into contention for the first team, something Bob Bradley lamented to reporters on Friday.
I don’t know what Dueñas’ contract status is moving forward, but I imagine he’s likely to remain under contract for 2022, given his age and the club appearing to take a long view with the young homegrown crop overall.
Dueñas is the second LAFC player to suffer a knee injury on loan at Las Vegas this season, joining forward Kwadwo Opoku, whose meniscus injury gives hope he could still return this season. Dueñas is also the second black-and-gold player to suffer a torn ACL this year, joining Eddie Segura. Obviously, it’s really rotten luck for them, but best wishes to Erik in his recovery and get well soon.
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