Jordan Morris has torn his ACL, according to Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper. Morris suffered the injury this past weekend against Huddersfield on the road. He entered the match at halftime, replacing Jamal Lowe, and was stretchered off the pitch about 20 minutes later. Morris did not collide with any players, but awkwardly landed on his left leg.
Cooper said that there is “significant ligament damage” to his left ACL, while meeting with the press on Monday.
“Everything we hoped it wasn’t, it has turned out to be,” Cooper said. “It’s the end of his season with us and a long road back to recovery for him. It’s a cruel injury anyway, but in terms of him fulfilling his ambition to play in Europe, and embracing what we are trying to do here, it is a really tough one for him and us to take.”
There is no indication where Morris will go for his recovery. He has the choice to stay in Swansea City or return to the United States and to Seattle.
“Jordan has our support, we don’t know if his recovery will be here or back in America – those conversations are ongoing - but, first and foremost, we are gutted for him,” Cooper said. “He was pushing to get into the team after a spell of getting fit, so it is really unfortunate in many ways.”
Morris has already been through an ACL recovery journey. The 26-year-old suffered the same injury to the opposite knee exactly three years ago, during the Concacaf Champions League, and was out for the entire regular season. In 2019, he returned and was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year, finishing the season with 13 goals in the regular and post-season, along with eight assists. Morris and the Sounders won the MLS Cup title in 2019, defeating rival Toronto FC. He followed that up with a Best XI campaign in which he finished Top 5 in MVP moving after posting 10 goals and 8 assists in 22 regular-season matches.
“One thing I will say about Jordan is he is an excellent professional,” Cooper said. “He is a really good person, and really commits to his profession. We are sure he will commit to his recovery and come back stronger.”
Many of Morris’ teammates on the Sounders — along with his Swansea City teammates — offered their support after seeing Morris stretchered off. Huddersfield players came over to comfort Morris after his landing.
Praying for you papa. ❤️ https://t.co/NXnNfYTi9N— Cristian Roldan⚽ (@CristianRoldan) February 20, 2021
The Sounders have yet to comment on Morris’ injury. However, the team did write on social media, “We’re with you and we believe in you, Jordan.”