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Sporting KC defender Jaylin Lindsey out 4-5 months after knee surgery

Jul 31, 2018; Marietta, GA, USA; Tigres U-20s player Rafael Duran goes after the ball against MLS Homegrown player Jaylin Lindsey (13) at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Sporting Kansas City defender Jaylin Lindsey is out for four to five months after surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the club announced Tuesday.

Lindsey’s absence is a blow to SKC’s depth on the back line, particularly as backup to Graham Zusi’s right back spot. It’s also a blow to the U.S. U-20s national team, which will play in the World Cup in Poland starting the last week of May. Lindsey has represented the national team at every youth level from U-14 and up.

At the club level, Lindsey has made an impact far surpassing his age. The 19-year-old started nine matches for Sporting last year, and set a record for youngest player to record 10 appearances for SKC’s first team. He hasn’t played in an MLS match this year, but has logged minutes during Concacaf Champions League play.

As SKC heads back into CCL play this week (Thursday in the first leg of the semifinals against Monterrey), its depth becomes an issue. As the club juggles two leagues’ schedules, it has seen some injuries, to forwards Erik Hurtado and Daniel Salloi most notably. On the back line, Andreu Fontas has also missed games because of injury.

If Lindsey’s timeline goes according to plan, he would likely return to SKC sometime in August, giving SKC some needed depth heading into the stretch run of the MLS season.

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