It's a little bit of good and bad news for Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado. The bad news is, the young striker has once again gone in for surgery on his troublesome right foot. The good news is, the surgery was successful! (Okay, maybe this is mediocre news at best)
According to Marc Weber of the Province, the procedure was done to remove a screw that didn't take properly, and insert a new one.
It's just more injury problems for the youngster, who has yet to truly showcase the tools and talent that made the Whitecaps select him with the first overall pick in the 2011 SuperDraft.
The club doesn't have a timeline for his return, but I can't imagine we'll be seeing him anytime soon.
What does this mean for the club? Well, not much, really. Salgado has been injured so bloody much, that it's near impossible to identify if his presence on the sideline or pitch would be a positive or a negative for the club. In the few matches he has played, he hasn't really shown very much, but it's also not fair to judge him on such a small sample size.
However, given the Whitecaps have plenty of young talent on their roster in names like Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, and Erik Hurtado, it might just been time to start shopping Salgado to other teams in the league, if Whitecaps management hasn't been trying to do that already.
Honestly, I would have no problem if the Whitecaps decided to deal him. He's a great kid, but the Whitecaps have plenty of unproven youngsters up front; I don't think another one, and injury prone at that, is a chip you want to hold onto for very long.