ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2022) — Orlando City SC forward Pato has returned to his home country of Brazil and will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee, it was announced today. The surgery will be performed on Sept. 9, with the forward’s initial recovery also to be held in Brazil. Pato sustained the injury on Aug. 13 at the New York Red Bulls.

“Pato is an incredible competitor and we’re sad to see him suffer this injury. But we know he will work to get back on the field even stronger,” said Luiz Muzzi, EVP of soccer operations and general manager of Orlando City SC. “We’re ready to support and help him in every way necessary through his recovery.”

A timetable for Pato’s return is not immediately available.