DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 4, 2016
CF Monterrey defender Edgar Castillo has suffered an injury setback early in the Apertura season, is set to miss the next eight weeks for the club with a fractured patella.
Los Rayados confirmed the left back's condition on their website on Thursday, putting a nearly two-month timeframe on his return.
"Edgar Castillo suffered a blow to his left knee during training on Sunday, so he did not travel to Haiti," the team announced.
"Imaging studies were performed and reviewed by traumatology, who confirmed the diagnosis of a fracture of the upper pole of the patella. [There will be] no surgery and it will require a rehabilitation time of no less than eight weeks."
Castillo had played in the team's weekend Liga MX fixture, starting the game but being pulled at the half during the 1-1 draw on Saturday night after picking up an early yellow card.
The injury in Sunday's training did keep him out of Monterrey's 3-0 first group-stage game in this season's CONCACAF Champions League, a 3-0 road win over Haitians Don Bosco, and his targeted return time of eight-plus weeks will likely mean he will miss the remainder of the team's group games, as well as seven or more Liga MX games.
The team is struggling so far in the Apertura, with only two points from their first three games. This will be another setback as they try to follow on from their strong showing in the recently completed Clausura, which saw them top the standings and finish runners-up in the post-season Liguilla playoff.
Castillo was a member of the US squad that finished fourth place at this summer's Copa América Centenario, however was a forgotten man in the squad and did not play in any of the team's games.