The loan move that sent Jordan Morris to play in the Championship with Swansea City for the remainder of their season took an ominous turn when he was stretchered off the field just over an hour into Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town.
Morris subbed into the game at halftime with the two teams tied, 1-1. Things soon began to go downhill for Swansea City, as Huddersfield jumped out in front with goals in the 48th, 52nd and 55th minute. Trailing 4-1, Swansea made a triple-sub, leaving them with no more changes to make. Minutes later tragedy struck when Morris went down, leaving the side down a man for the remainder of the game and without Morris for the foreseeable future.
Morris was stretchered off the field with his left leg in a brace, but the exact injury and the severity of it is not yet known. While we wait for more information we can only hope for the best and wish him a full and speedy recovery. Sounder at Heart confirmed he’ll undergo a MRI on Sunday to determine severity of injury.
️ “We will know more in the days to come, but it did not look a good one, that’s for sure.— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 20, 2021
“He will travel back with us, he is currently in a knee brace and on crutches."
Cooper on @JmoSmooth13's injury https://t.co/dtE3CPau1A pic.twitter.com/r4NfIvKBKf
After losing a full season to an ACL injury in his right knee in 2018, the Seattle Sounders attacker came back with a refined game and an increased hunger and composure. Morris was one of the best attacking players in MLS in 2019 and 2020, earning serious consideration for the Landon Donovan MVP award in 2020.
On the back of that success, Morris took an opportunity to take the next step in his career and test himself in the English second tier with Swansea City on a loan. Despite not yet finding his way onto the score sheet, he’d impressed in his time so far, appearing in six straight games including a start against Manchester City in the FA Cup. Subbing on at the half, Morris was poised to make his longest league appearance, but an awkward touch in full stride just over an hour into the game sent him to the ground in apparent agony. The sight of Morris motionless on his back and covering his face brings back painful memories of a similar evening in early 2018.
The injury to Morris obviously complicates his loan and a possible permanent transfer to follow, as well as how the Sounders approach their roster construction for the season. More importantly, seeing the local kid who’s had to push through a serious injury so recently faced with the possibility of another season on the sidelines is heartbreaking.