DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Jordan Morris has torn his ACL and the long road to recovery will begin for the winger as his loan to English Championship team Swansea City has abruptly come to an end.
The 26-year-old went down with the injury during their league game against Huddersfield Town. He entered the game at the start of the second half and went down after 20 minutes after awkwardly landing on his left leg.
"Everything we hoped it wasn't, it has turned out to be. It's the end of his season with us and a long road back to recovery for him. It's a cruel injury anyway, but in terms of him fulfilling his ambition to play in Europe, and embracing what we are trying to do here, it is a really tough one for him and us to take," said Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper when speaking to the press on Monday.
Cooper said it was unknown whether Morris would stay at Swansea or return to Seattle to go through his recovery, but he emphasized that the team would give him their total support.
"Jordan has our support, we don't know if his recovery will be here or back in America - those conversations are ongoing - but first and foremost, we are gutted for him," said Cooper. "He was pushing to get into the team after a spell of getting fit, so it is really unfortunate in many ways. One thing I will say about Jordan is he is an excellent professional. He is a really good person and really commits to his profession. We are sure he will commit to his recovery and come back stronger."
Following the confirmation of his injury, Morris went to Twitter to thank supporters for their messages and welcoming him during his brief stay with the Welsh-based team.
"First and foremost I want to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome and at home, especially my teammates," he tweeted. "You all made my short experience incredibly special. I of course had more goals to accomplish but I can't wait to support from afar. The past few days have been difficult for me and my family. This is a tough one to wrap my head around. I'm absolutely gutted but the only thing to do is move forward and focus on my recovery."
The former Stanford University standout is no stranger to this type of injury. He sat out the entire 2018 MLS season with an ACL tear in his right knee. So he clearly knows what he has to go through to get back in the game and hopefully play at a high level.
"I'm looking forward to getting back with [the Sounders] and starting the work to get back on the field. I'm so humbled and grateful for all of the messages of support and I promise that I will come back stronger and better. More motivated than ever," said Morris.