MLS Injury Report: Surgery sidelines Whitecaps' Reyna

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.
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