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Sosa expected to miss four to six weeks following knee surgery

The Black & Gold are down one attacking midfielder.

MLS: Columbus Crew at Los Angeles FC Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC attacking midfielder Eduardo Sosa is expected to miss four to six weeks the club announced on Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the midfielder underwent a successful meniscectomy on his right knee. The operation was performed by in Columbus by team doctor Pete Edwards.

Sosa is in his first season with the Black & Gold. He was signed in early January from Zamora FC of the Venezuelan First Division where he played from 2013-2017, winning three league titles while making 59 appearances (38 starts) and scoring nine goals. The plan for Sosa was to be the primary backup to Federico Higuain and potentially grow into the starting attacking midfielder role as the veteran reaches the end of his career.

After taking some time to adjust to playing outside of his home country of Venezuela for the first time in his career, the 22-year-old midfielder dealt with injuries that kept him on the sideline. Sosa did not make his debut for Crew SC until the 3-3 draw with Toronto FC on June 2, a match where he helped spark a comeback.

So far in 2018, Sosa has played in seven games with one goal on eight shots. He started twice in place of Higuain — in back-to-back matches on June 30 and July 7 — but has played just 19 minutes since then.

With Sosa out, the Black & Gold find themselves in a familiar place, with no natural attacking midfielder behind Higuain on the roster. The veteran Argentine has missed the last two games with a minor back issue. Rookie Luis Argudo has played in that spot at times this year to moderate success. Columbus recently deployed a rare two-forward lineup against the New York Red Bulls in Higuain’s absence, with Gyasi Zardes playing up top alongside the recently acquired Patrick Mullins. That resulted in a 3-2 road victory.

The prognosis given for Sosa puts him out until early September, meaning Crew SC would be without the player for at least four matches, including Saturday’s home tilt against the Houston Dynamo. If he is on the longer end of the timeframe, Sosa could miss as many as three additional games, giving him just over a month to get fit again before the start of the MLS Cup Playoffs.