The Revolution will be without defensive midfielder Luis Caicedo for the remainder of what serves as the 2020 season following a recent surgery.
New England head coach Bruce Arena told the Zolak and Bertrand Midday Show on WBZ-FM Monday that Caicedo had successful surgery three months ago to repair the meniscus in his right knee. With the exception of a preseason run-out, the Colombian had not featured for the Revolution since the end of the 2019 season.
The surgery reportedly occurred on Wednesday, Mar. 11 — the day before Major League Soccer shut down for the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Discouraging news, especially when the hope of everyone in Revs Colony was that the players in the trainer’s room— i.e. Carles Gil, Alexander Büttner, Antonio Delamea, et al. — would use the COVID-19 hiatus to get healthy for when the league resumed play. The same was a hope for Caicedo: he had been listed as out on the Revolution’s injury report ahead of the last game, the 1-1 draw with Chicago on Mar. 7, and four days later, he had surgery to correct the issue.
Caicedo’s absence leaves New England with Scott Caldwell, Wilfried Zahibo, Diego Fagundez, as well as Kelyn Rowe should the need arise as the current servants at the Nos. 6 and 8.
The question now is up in the air: with Caicedo out for the next 6-9 months — I only put six as the surgery happened three months ago — what will the Revs do to replace his work rate? His engine was a big boost to this team when he arrived in 2018.
Does New England look to the Secondary Transfer Window to shore up the D-Mid position, or does Arena feel the club is good to go, given the options it has in Caldwell, Zahibo, Fagundez, and Rowe?
Answer to come.