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Seattle Sounders’ Chad Marshall to miss 2nd leg against Portland after knee surgery

Nov 4, 2018; Portland, OR, USA; Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall (14) reacts after being injured in the first half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)

TUKWILA, Wash. – Seattle Sounders centerback Chad Marshall underwent knee surgery to repair an injury to his meniscus, head coach Brian Schmetzer told reporters Tuesday. Marshall will miss Seattle’s second leg of the Western Conference semifinals against Portland due to the surgery.

“Marshall is having surgery this morning for a meniscus injury,” Schmetzer said Tuesday. “I will give you further updates once the surgery is successful and he is back on his feet.”

Marshall was subbed off in the first leg in Portland after just 40 minutes after stepping awkwardly on his plant foot while trying to hit a pass along the back line. After spending several minutes on the ground in obvious pain, the 34-year-old was removed and replaced with Roman Torres.

After the match, Schmetzer said Marshall’s injury was not a ligament tear. The centerback has traditionally been very healthy during his career; he has started 146 of 170 regular season games since joining the Sounders in 2014 and only missed nine of those contests due to injury, according to Transfermarkt.

Typical rehab periods for meniscus surgeries last around two weeks, after which patients are generally cleared to return to normal activity levels. With the strain put on athletes’ bodies (and knees in particular), it is not clear if Marshall’s timeline for recovery may be slightly decelerated.

The positive news for Seattle, however, is that due to the two-and-a-half week window separating the conference semifinals and the first leg of the conference finals, Marshall may have time to return and help Seattle if his recovery goes as planned.

First, though, Seattle must get beyond the Portland Timbers after a 2-1 road loss in the first leg without its Defender of the Year finalist. Torres, who only started two of Seattle’s last 29 matches, will be called upon to fill Marshall’s shoes next to Kim Kee-hee on the back line.

“That pairing hasn’t played a lot together,” Schmetzer said. “We’ll do what we can to get them in synch, but they’re two very talented players. Roman was waiting for his chance and here it is. He’ll be ready.”

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