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Felix Chenkam undergoes surgery for herniated disc

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Chenkam has been MIA for the Sounders and S2. Now we know why.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been wondering where Felix Chenkam has been for the Seattle Sounders or S2, the club provided an answer Friday. The Cameroonian striker successfully underwent surgery for a herniated disc early today.

Chenkam, 19, was signed by the first team May 25 after a slew of injuries left the Sounders out of options up top. The teenager never managed to make his debut for the first team, entering a standing loan agreement to return to S2 July 8.

It is not precisely clear when Chenkam sustained the injury, but the striker has not appeared in a match for S2 since appearing as a substitute against Real Monarchs SLC on July 15. Prior to that, Chenkam had scored four goals for the USL side in 11 appearances.

Spinal injuries are tricky to gauge and there is currently no timeline offered for Chenkam’s recovery. With S2 lingering in 16th place in the Western Conference, the club may choose to shut the youngster down for the remainder of the season to give him time to fully recover with an eye toward 2019.