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Nelson Rivas undergoes successful surgery and is out for 5 months

After a season marred with injuries, Nelson Rivas underwent successful surgery to treat a micro-fracture on his left knee.

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The Montreal Impact have just announced that defender Nelson Rivas has underwent successful surgery to treat a micro fracture in his left knee. The season has ended the same way it has started for the central defender with an injury.

Rivas started all 11 games he played , accumulating 1 assist, 2 yellow cards, 1 red card and 858 MLS minutes.

Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
2012 Montreal Impact 11 11 0 858 1 8 1 9 0 2 1

The official Montreal Impact press release can be read below.

The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that defender Nelson Rivas underwent successful surgery to treat a micro fracture in his left knee.

Rivas will be out of action for approximately five months, but will be ready for the start of next season.

"It's unfortunate to lose him for the last three games of the season, but we felt this was the best time for him to get the surgery," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "We want to ensure that he comes back in full form to reclaim his starting spot as central defender next season."

The 29 year old Colombian was the first player to join the Impact in MLS, signing on October 2, 2011, following his time with the prestigious Italian club Inter Milan from 2007 to 2011.

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