After a consultation, Fu and Musahl were selected to perform the surgery.
Bocanegra said the surgery is one “silver lining” to the ongoing MLS suspension forced by COVID-19. Martinez was able to undergo surgery less than a week after the stoppage was announced March 12.
“It could have been a case where potentially Josef didn’t get his surgery until late summer or something along those lines,” Bocanegra said.
Bocanegra said there isn’t a timeline on Martinez’s return. Bocanegra said it’s a long-term injury and rehab, currently being handled by specialists from Piedmont.
“He’s wrapped his head around that,” Bocanegra said of Martinez.
After a few months, Bocanegra said he thinks the repaired knee will be re-imaged to see how it is healing. As the process continues there will be constant evaluations and updates.
Bocanegra said a decision hasn’t been made yet whether to move Martinez to the season-ending injury reserve or supplemental or reserve rosters to open a slot to add another striker.
“The main thing is that he’s back, fully healed up and 100 percent so that we can have our ideal Josef back,” Bocanegra said.