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Sal Zizzo sustained an injury to his medial meniscus on Monday during training.
Good news everybody! Sal Zizzo underwent successful knee surgery. News everybody! Apparently Sal Zizzo needed knee surgery. In an injury that most people missed due to training being closed, apparently Sal Zizzo tore his left medial meniscus which required surgery today. So don't be ashamed that you didn't know... apparently few did.
Zizzo is expected to miss at least four weeks while he recovers. This is, no doubt, frustrating for him as the season just got underway. Still, it's only four weeks -- he'll probably be back in time for April's games.
His surgery does, however, leave the door open for another player to step up. While Zizzo is perhaps not a starter, he's a consistent sub and one that brings a bunch of energy against a team that might well be exhausted. The only question is who now replaces him on the bench?
What do you think of Zizzo's surgery? Who do you think fills in for him while he's out?
Full press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers today announced that midfielder Sal Zizzo underwent successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. The procedure was performed by Timbers Director of Medicine Dr. Richard Edelson at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard, Ore.
Zizzo, who sustained the injury Monday in training, is expected to be out four weeks.
In his third season with the Timbers, Zizzo, 25, played in the club's season-opening draw against the New York Red Bulls over the weekend. He has appeared in 51 matches, recording one goal and eight assists since joining the club in a trade with Chivas USA on Feb. 16, 2011.