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Ashtone Morgan undergoes foot surgery

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The Toronto FC defender is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks.

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Toronto FC PR just released the following statement on Ashtone Morgan:

At time of writing, there was no further information available and I could not find out which bone had been operated on for this particular surgery.

However, with the timetable of 6-8 weeks, and the wording of “to repair a stress fracture in his foot” leads me to believe that it is most likely a 5th metatarsal body fracture, and less likely a navicular fracture.

5th met injuries
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Assuming that it is a 5th met fracture that was repaired, I would ascertain that 6 weeks is when we see Morgan returning to light training, and 8-10 weeks when he can fully go. The procedure essentially involves replacing the cancelleous bone portion with a full body screw to handle the weight and stress in future.

The long term prognosis of this injury is promising, especially for a sport like soccer, as the screw is able to handle more weight and stress than the bone alone. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to have a few setbacks at the beginning of their return. Think Kevin Durant, who returned from a similar surgery.

Morgan can be reasonably expected back in the lineup by May if all goes well, but it may be tough to find minutes with Chris Mavinga already having a 2 month head start to acclimate himself to MLS play. This is tough news, as just yesterday in our WTR Roundtable discussion, we spoke about Ashtone being a player who could make an impact on the 2017 campaign for the Reds.

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