What we all feared after last Saturday’s horror challenge has come to pass: Andy Polo has been ruled out for the season. The Portland Timbers announced today that Polo will undergo surgery for a ruptured left quadriceps and a torn meniscus, and his subsequent recovery timeline will sideline him for the rest of the 2021 MLS regular season at the very least.
Polo suffered the injuries as a result of a red-card tackle from LA Galaxy defender Derrick Williams. In real time, the challenge looked bad, and on replay it looked even worse. The end result was just as everyone feared — a season-ending injury.
It serves a huge blow to the player, and yet another setback for the team. After dealing with visa issues and missing the first few games of the 2021 season, Polo was just finding his way back on the field. Now, the 26-year-old will be spending the rest of the year recovering and working his way back.
He was also buoying a midfield that was in the midst of an injury crisis. With midfielders Diego Chara and Cristhian Paredes out with their own injuries, Polo was serving as backup in central midfield. Now, with Polo out as well, Portland will have to dig even deeper into its bench to field a squad.
You can read Portland’s full press release here.