Mexico midfielder Luis Montes (pictured) is expected to make a full recovery and return to football within 4-6 months after suffering injury against Ecuador in a friendly on May 31, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Two days after suffering an injury that will keep him out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mexico’s Luis Montes underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair fractures to his right tibia and fibula.
The operation was performed by Dr. Rafael Ortega in a Guadalajara hospital as requested by Leon, the midfielder’s club.
“I am totally certain that Luis will return to Mexican football,” said Ortega in a press conference afterwards.
Additionally, Ortega stated that Montes’ recovery could take upwards of half-a-year, so that his body can heal properly.
“In order to wait for his participation to be at 100 percent, I think that it can be four to six months,” explained Ortega. “It is a time that depends on the speed of the consolidation of the bone. We could have him back on the field in between four to six months.”
Montes has scored three goals in 12 matches, including one just minutes before his injury against Ecuador on Saturday.