After a promising start for Houston Dynamo’s season under a new head coach, Wilmer Cabrera, they have suffered a hit to their season as they announced on Tuesday that they lost George Malki for the season due to injury.
The announcement revealed that the injury, sustained at a training session last Wednesday, is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, an injury significant enough to already rule him out for the rest of the season. The injury will require surgery, with Malki getting that surgery on Friday at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with Dr. Tim Sittler performing the surgery.
“We are disappointed for George with the news of his recent injury,” said Dynamo Vice-president and General Manager Matt Jordan. “We are confident that with his work ethic and attitude he’ll make a full recovery to return to the field stronger than ever.”
The loss of Malki is disappointing for Houston as he was a part of the rebuilding of the side under Cabrera for the 2017 season. Malki joined Dynamo the same way Cabrera did, coming with him from Rio Grande Valley FC Toros after playing 25 matches for the club last year.
This is the second time Malki has been with Houston Dynamo, having previously been with the team in the 2015 preseason but not gaining a contract. That saw him join Arizona United SC (now Phoenix Rising) for his first professional season, impressing enough to join the Houston Dynamo pathway in Rio Grande Valley and his performances there have brought him up.