Battery striker Omar Salgado said Thursday that despite an initial diagnosis that he had re-broken his previously injured right foot in Saturday’s draw with Richmond, the foot is not broken and he could resume training as early as next week.
“My bone and foot look fine,” Salgado said. “The CT scan came out (well), the X-ray came out (well). So as long as I’m pain-free I can go back to play. So I’m real happy about that.”
Salgado, 20, is on loan to Charleston from Vancouver Whitecaps. The former Texas teen prodigy and No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft injured the foot while attempting a tackle and left the match in the 56th minute Saturday night. Because the injury was to his previously broken foot — an injury that cost him the entire 2013 Whitecaps season and all but seven matches in 2012 — it set off alarm bells from Daniel Island to B.C. Place in Vancouver.
Salgado suffered the first injury in June 2012 and broke it a second time in 2013. His road back to match fitness began with a subsequent surgery that replaced the original screw implanted in the broken bone with a larger one. The first screw didn’t stand up to the stress he put on it, and its movement contributed to his re-injury. But this time the screw didn’t budge, Salgado said.
Salgado went to the emergency room Saturday night and was originally told that he had suffered another break. “Then my actual doctor saw it and he told me ‘No, he’s looking at the wrong thing.'”
On Sunday afternoon he got a call from a Vancouver official who told him that the original diagnosis was probably incorrect. The additional tests have confirmed that, he said. “(But) it was nervous, for sure.”
Salgado showed up on Tuesday at Molly Darcy’s for a Battery social event and performed karaoke while wearing a walking boot cast. On Thursday he wore athletic shoes while he watched from the stands as the Battery drew visiting Carolina Railhawks 1-1.
“If I’m pain-free by Monday, I could probably start getting back into training,” Salgado said. “It will come up quick, and hopefully I’ll be ready for Orlando.”
Salgado came off the bench at halftime and assisted on the Battery’s only goal in the season-opening draw against league champions Orlando on March 22. He earned his first start of the year on Saturday against Richmond. The team is off this weekend, and plays at Orlando on April 12.
TOP IMAGE: Omar Salgado cracks up while singing karaoke with Michael Kafari on Tuesday night at Molly Darcy’s in downtown Charleston. Dan Conover photos.