When the Columbus Crew SC front office made the decision to loan out defensive midfielder Rodrigo Saravia at the start of the month, it was with an eye toward the young player’s continued development. But now it looks like that development will be put on hold.
On Monday, Guatemalan radio station 106.1 La Red tweeted out a photo of Saravia lying in a hospital bed with a boot on his right foot and a doctor at his side, reporting that the player — who is a Guatemalan international — had undergone successful surgery for a fractured foot.
Saravia had been with IK Frej of the Swedish second division. Sunday was the club’s first game of the season, but the 24-year-old loanee did not make an appearance. Now it’s clear why.
It’s unclear exactly how Saravia sustained his injury or how long he will be out, but a snapshot of his own Twitter feed shows some vague references to challenges in the last few days.
IK Frej finished 10th in the 16-team Superatten last season. The top 12 teams are safe from relegation.
Saravia played 205 minutes in 10 MLS appearances last season for MLS his rookie season after being taken 19th overall in the 2016 MLS Superdraft. He also made two appearances for the club in U.S. Open Cup action, and made two appearances for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL while on loan. He has made six appearances for Guatemala in international competition.
Look for more on Saravia’s situation in the coming days on Massive Report.