UPDATE; Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said there was “no significant damage found in the knee” but did not give any sort of clarified timeline.
The curious case of Victor Rodriguez’s recovery from a knee injury took another turn on Tuesday when the Seattle Sounders midfielder underwent right knee arthroscopy. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer first mentioned the procedure following Wednesday’s training session and the team made a formal announcement on Thursday.
Rodriguez has already begun rehabilitation and could be as close as two to three weeks away from returning.
Of course, it has seemed Rodriguez is nearing a return for months. After spending most of the preseason rehabilitating from an injury, Rodriguez told reporters he was expecting to be available for the MLS regular-season opener on March 4. The Friday before that game, though, Rodriguez experienced some sort of setback.
At least twice since then, Rodriguez has been full-in at training — and as recently as last week — and even made the gameday roster for the April 22 match against Minnesota United. But Rodriguez didn’t travel for the Los Angeles FC match, raising more questions.
Since joining the Sounders last summer, Rodriguez was one of the team’s better performers and was even had the best cumulative rankings from Realio. In a little over 700 minutes in the regular season and playoffs, he scored three goals and contributed four assists.