After suffering an injury in Orlando City‘s home opener against Atlanta United, Lions forward Alexandre Pato has undergone successful arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee and will miss the next 3-6 weeks, the club announced on Tuesday.
The timeline would put Pato’s potential return around mid-to-late June, when Orlando has three matches in seven days. As of now, the Brazilian forward is scheduled to miss the Lions’ next five matches over the course of the next month.
Originally, according to reports, the club said that Pato would not require surgery on his injured knee. This was originally reported one week after the injury. Sometime in between then and now that prognosis changed and the doctors at Orlando Health opted to go under the knife to fix the injury.
Pato’s career has been filled with a myriad of injuries. Starting from his time in AC Milan, the striker suffered from multiple lower body injuries that eventually saw him go from one of the most promising young strikers at the time, to a shell of his former self.
Orlando City took a calculated risk when signing Pato this offseason, not putting too much money into the former star striker to bring him to the City Beautiful. Now time will tell if the Brazilian is able to come back at full strength.
With Pato out for a longer period of time, Orlando now will rely on strikers Tesho Akindele, Matheus Aiás and rookie Derek Dodson to fill the void. On loan striker Daryl Dike will remain with EFL side Barnsley until the earliest May 16 and the latest May 30.
The Lions will host New York City FC on Saturday, May 8. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
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