Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado undergoes foot surgery

The 19-year-old striker's frustratingly long recovery from a foot injury continues, as his chances of making the USA U-20 World Cup squad appear to be gone.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Omar Salgado suffered another setback with his troublesome right foot, and has undergone surgery. The club did not mention how much time Salgado is expected to miss.

Salgado, 19, re-fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a recent USA U-20 camp in Los Angeles. He initially suffered the injury in June 2012, and has endured a series of setbacks in his recovery since then.

The first pick of the 2011 SuperDraft returned to the Whitecaps in October 2012, but played just 13 minutes before a stress fracture put an end to his comeback. It was the last time Salgado made an appearance in a MLS game for Vancouver.

“There is no question that the last year has been challenging for Omar but we are optimistic and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch in the near future,” head coach Martin Rennie said in a release. “On behalf of the club, I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Salgado was expected to be a big part of the USA U-20 side during qualification for this summer's World Cup, but missed out entirely. With this most recent setback, his chances of appearing at the World Cup appear to be nearly extinguished.