Vancouver will need a backup plan to replace departed playmaker Pedro Morales
The team has announced
surgery has been performed on the left foot of attacker Yordy Reyna
, who suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone in a preseason game last week against Portland.
The extent of damage and
length of time he will need to recover were not provided by the Whitecaps.
Reyna, 23, signed a contract with the club three weeks ago in a transfer
from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and had been projected to fill the void left when the team declined the contract option on Morales, who is the Caps' all-time leading scorer with 25 goals as well
as 22 assists.
“Yordy was only with the group for a few weeks before his unfortunate injury, but quickly showed his attacking quality and
dynamic play,” said head coach Carl Robinson
said in the statement announcing the surgery. “We're happy to hear the surgery went well and anticipate he will be back to full training
at the start of the summer.”
An eighth-place finish in 2016 didn’t trigger a major offseason overhaul – the ‘Caps jettisoned
eight players and have signed six newcomers – yet Reyna’s orchestration and Fredy Montero
’s scoring are key components of Robinson’s rebuild. Montero's arrival has been delayed by visa issues
and he won't play Wednesday when Vancouver
plays the Red Bulls in game one of the Concacaf Champions' League quarterfinals.