Surgery to repair a torn meniscus will keep FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal out of competitive play for at least a month.
The club announced Thursday that Pomykal, 17, underwent surgery that afternoon on a slight tear in the meniscus of his left knee. He suffered the injury during a training session Wednesday, a few days resuming activity after recovering from a high ankle sprain he’d suffered playing with the U.S. U-19s in the Slovakia Cup last month. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
“We were able to get Paxton back healthy from his right ankle sprain for five consistent days of training before Wednesday, which was rewarding to see,” head athletic trainer Skylar Richards said. “These two injuries are unrelated and it will be important to get him fully recovered and back on the field for the rest of the season.”
The Homegrown signing experienced pain in his left knee last November but made a full recovery in time to start preseason with the full squad. Pomykal made his MLS debut as a starter March 11 against Sporting Kansas City and also started the following week against New England. In his two MLS appearances he’s played 140 minutes and taken one shot.
In April, he played for the FC Dallas U-18s who won the Dallas Cup Super Group. FCD is the first MLS academy team to win the title. It beat Coritiba of Brazil in the semifinals and Monterrey of Mexico in the final.