Minnesota United attacking midfielder Kevin Molino has been ruled out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, per a team announcement made earlier today.
Molino’s injury will require surgery and will keep the playmaker out for several months — possibly the remainder of the 2018 MLS season.
Molino received attention from Minnesota’s training staff after aggravating his left knee in the first half of last Saturday’s game in Orlando. The 27 year-old was then removed from the game in the 51st minute due to discomfort in the same knee, and was carried off the field. Molino was seen on the Loons’ bench with a bag of ice over his left knee, and moving around on crutches toward the end of the game.
The Trinidadian international suffered a similar injury in his right knee back in 2015 during a friendly against Brazilian club Ponte Preta. Then an Orlando City player, Molino missed all but seven of the Lions’ league games during Orlando’s inaugural MLS campaign.
While Minnesota United has depth on the wing and at forward, there is not an obvious replacement for Molino on the Loons’ roster. Molino tallied two goals and an assist while playing as a No. 10 in the Loons’ first two games. He has scored nine goals and assisted on 10 more in 32 games since joining Minnesota ahead of the 2017 season.
The Loons were linked with Deportivo Cali’s Nicolás Benedetti and Maccabi Netanya’s Dia Saba — both central attacking midfielders — during the offseason, though neither pursuit resulted in a transfer.