Javier Morales' surgery to repair his fractured-dislocated left ankle and torn ligaments he suffered on Saturday was successful. Real Salt Lake team physician Dr. Andrew Cooper said the recovery will take until at least October:
"When you look at ultimate recovery, I think age plays a little bit of a role into this," Cooper told reporters in a conference call on Monday. "That October range is, I think, our goal, but an hour-and-a-half after surgery you never know what’s going to come up."
Morales suffered the injury when he was tackled from behind by Chivas USA forward Marco Mondaini. Morales is the fourth big-name player to go out with a potentially season-ending injury in the past three weeks. Steve Zakuani, David Ferreira and Branko Boskovic have also been sidelined by injuries suffered after being tackled. Brian Mullan, who like Mondaini received a red card for his tackle, was suspended 10 games. No decision has yet been reached on further punishment for Mondaini.