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Román Torres undergoes 'successful' surgery, begins rehabilitation

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Torres likely won't be ready to play until after the start of next season.

Jennifer Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Roman Torres' road back to recovery officially begins now. The Seattle Sounders center back underwent "successful" reconstructive surgery on his injured left knee earlier this week and will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert F. LaPrade in Vail, Colo. Generally speaking, it takes six to nine months to fully recover from an ACL tear.

Torres suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly after attempting to head the ball in a Sept. 12 match against the San Jose Earthquakes. That was just Torres' fifth appearance in a Sounders shirt following his much-celebrated signing just as the transfer window closed. Since Torres' debut, the Sounders have gone 4-1-1 in league play and advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

In that relatively short time, Torres has already proven a popular member of the team. Prior to the Sounders' last league match, his teammates held a banner showing their support for a speedy recovery.

The 29-year-old center back has made 81 appearances for the Panama national team, for whom he was also the captain.