Seattle Sounders’ worst fears for Jordan Morris’s knee injury look as though they’ve been realized. Stuart Holden has reported that the Sounders and US National Team forward has suffered a torn ACL in his team’s first match of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Morris suffered the injury in the 83rd minute with Seattle down 2-1 to Santa Tecla while taking a shot on goal and immediately went down. Seattle had already used all 3 of their substitutes and played the remainder of the match down a man.
It is still unknown the extent of the injury as the Seattle Sounders have yet to confirm the report.
A study by Robert H Brophy, M.D. et al from 2012 found that 72% of soccer players who suffered ACL injuries returned to soccer after surgery. An article by Dr. David Geier that referenced the study also noted that the average recovery time after surgery was 12.2 months. The same study also determined male athletes were more likely to return than females and younger athletes more likely than older ones.
This should bode well for Morris’s recovery although it looks like it will be a long one and it should be considered highly unlikely he’ll return to the pitch in 2018.