Nashville’s captain has officially seen his season end, but after successful surgery, his prognosis is positive long-term.
From club release:
NASHVILLE (Aug. 8, 2019) – Nashville SC midfielder Michael Reed underwent successful open reduction internal fixation of his left ankle today. According to the postsurgical report, Reed will be away from the pitch for four to six months, which concludes his participation in the USL Championship in the 2019 season.
“At this time, our full focus and thoughts are on Michael, and in wishing him a speedy recovery,” said General Manager Mike Jacobs. “He has been an outstanding leader for our club, both on and off the field, and is universally admired by friends, teammates, staff and supporters.”
The midfielder and first team captain of Nashville SC suffered a hard tackle in the opening minutes of a 4-0 victory over Hartford Athletic on Wednesday night. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.
A popular player and leader in the locker room, fans, teammates and staff continued to show support for their captain throughout the night. Reed was named Budweiser Man of the Match as fans took to social media to share encouraging messages and wishes for a prompt recovery.
“We are all deeply affected by Michael’s injury last night,” said Head Coach Gary Smith. “His leadership, quality and character will be missed for the remainder of the season. He has great resolve and I have no doubt he will be back to full health and at full strength sooner than we all expect.”
Nashville SC (12W, 5D, 5L, 41 pts.) will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 10 when it hosts Bethlehem Steel FC at 7 p.m. CST at First Tennessee Park.