MLS New England Revolution

Carles Gil out for the remainder of 2020 following successful Achilles tendon surgery

Revolution midfielder Carles Gil is expected to miss the next 3-5 months — essentially, whatever serves as the remainder of the 2020 Major League Soccer season — after he underwent successful Achilles tendon surgery in Spain on Tuesday.

According to a release from the club Thursday, Dr. Adrian Goyanes in Santiago de Compestela, Spain performed the surgery on Gil’s left Achilles tendon.

Gil had missed the 2020 preseason as well as the Revolution’s first two matches of the regular season ahead of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of play. He went 90 minutes in the Revs’ 1-0 win over Montreal in the MLS IS BACK Tournament opener before going only an hour against DC United in a 1-1 draw a week later.

In that hour-long performance, Gil came off limping, replaced by Leominster resident Diego Fagundez. In the final Group C match, on-site reporters spotted Gil wearing a walking boot on the bench in the scoreless draw against Toronto FC.

Gil scored 10 goals and registered 15 assists in his first season-plus with New England.

WHERE DO THE REVS GO FROM HERE?

Obviously this isn’t the news Revolution supporters want to hear. This was a re-aggravation of the injury from earlier in the season, and now that they’ve taken care of it with surgery, the hope is that he’ll come back in 2021 rip roaring and ready to go.

The fear, of course, is that the Revs will sink back to the club’s 2018 form without Gil in the center of the park. That means the potential of Fagundez or even a Kelyn Rowe playing in the No. 10 role.

But I caution skepticism. Against Philadelphia in the Round of 16, Gustavo Bou played in Gil’s usual No. 10 role — more as a false 9 — with the ability to move much like Gil does. If you go back and watch Revs games from the past season-plus, Gil will go out to the touchlines to get on the ball and influence the match. Bou can do that, too.

If Bou is the answer to fill in, it would put the onus on Adam Buksa to do a good deal of the scoring up top.

There is also the fact that there are two other options in Fagundez and Rowe who can play the No. 10, if necessary. They have both been utilized in the central midfield, and both can get up if necessary. And when you add in new signee Matt Polster, it’s possible you see Polster in the holding role with with Rowe or Fagundez — should they play in the 8 — getting up the pitch to help the offense create chances.

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