MLS: News from Pato


Alexande Pato avoids surgery on an injury suffered during her MLS debut.

Alexandre Pato made his Orlando City debut on Saturday in the Major League Soccer 2021 home season opener against Atlanta United.

The former famous AC Milan striker in particular started the game but had to be replaced in the 80th minute by Silvester van der Water after a right leg injury in the scoreless draw against the “Five” team. Stripes ”.

The fear for Pato and the « Lions », Orlando City’s nickname, was that they would have to undergo surgery and miss part of the season.

Monday. The Brazilian forward has been confirmed to have sustained a lower body injury, but surgery will not be necessary, thankfully. The bad news is that there is no schedule for his return, so he will likely miss the game against Sporting KC on April 23 for the second week of the season.

Orlando coach Oscar Pareja said he expected more information from medical staff during the post-game press conference.

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« We are waiting and God just help us on Pato and [qu’il] is not injured, ”Pareja said. “We will wait for the doctors to diagnose it. We also have other players. We don’t want to lose him and what is probably one of the things that hurts the most from a manager’s point of view is seeing any player get injured. So let’s wait, but now we must continue. This is only the start of the season. « 

Pato signed a one-year contract with Orlando City last February and has the option of renewing his lease for another year. He arrived as a free agent in Major League Soccer after parting ways with Brazilian Serie A team Saõ Paulo last year.

Amexandre Patro had a great career in Europe, marked nevertheless by frequent injuries.

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