The Vancouver Whitecaps will be without Masato Kudo for the foreseeable future after the Japanese striker suffered a fractured jaw in last night’s 2-1 win against the Chicago Fire.
Kudo is scheduled to undergo surgery and there is no timetable on his return to the lineup.
From today’s Whitecaps media release:
Masato would like thank all supporters, fans, family, friends, and members of the soccer community for their outpouring of support.
Kudo was injured in a violent collision in the 11th minute of last night’s match with Chicago goaltender Matt Lampson. Lampson expressed remorse immediately following the game.
— Matt Lampson (@LampStrong) May 12, 2016
The Whitecaps will head to Toronto for Saturday’s match against TFC, but clearly Kudo’s health was top of mind for his teammates.
— Jordan Harvey (@JordanCHarvey) May 12, 2016
Wishing my brother @masatokudo9 a speedy recovery and all the best! Will see you soon !
— Tim Parker (@Tim_Parker26) May 12, 2016