FC Dallas Defender Geovane Jesus Suffers ACL Tear, Faces Lengthy Recovery

In unfortunate news for FC Dallas and their defender Geovane Jesus, it was confirmed on Thursday that the 22-year-old has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Wednesday’s training session.

This situation is undoubtedly challenging for the club, but it is even more devastating for the young player. Geovane Jesus, at the age of 22, had recently received his first call-up to represent the Brazil U-22 team in the Pan American games. He had made a significant impression in his debut season in MLS, making 19 appearances and providing two assists after his transfer from Cruzeiro.

Jesus, while facing this setback, shared his feelings, saying, “Of course, no player wishes to be injured or receive such news. Before this happened, I was feeling very confident and happy about being called up to the Brazilian national team. I am upset and sad, but I always prioritize God, who always watches over me and blesses me. I’m upset, but I thank God that I have my family here with me and my second family, FC Dallas. Everyone is here to support me.”

In the coming days, Geovane Jesus will undergo surgery to repair the acute ACL tear, with an expected recovery period of 9 to 10 months ahead of him. He expressed his determination, saying, “It will take time, but I need to maintain a positive mindset. My family and everyone around me are here, providing support. I have a lot of faith in God that I will come back stronger than ever.”

Head coach Nico Estévez expressed his sadness over the injury, saying, “It’s a very, very sad injury for everyone. It’s unfortunate timing for him. We just need to support him, provide all the resources for his recovery, and help him become stronger. We love him. The team is showing a lot of empathy. Some of our players have experienced similar injuries, and they are sharing their stories and how they coped with it. Our goal is to help him recover as quickly as possible and ensure he has a long career.”

With Geovane Jesus sidelined, FC Dallas and Coach Estévez will likely rely heavily on fellow right back Ema Twumasi for the rest of the season. However, Twumasi’s availability for Saturday’s match against the Seattle Sounders is uncertain due to a shoulder injury. Throughout 2023, left back Sam Junqua and wingers Dante Sealy and Herbert Endeley have filled in at right back at times, and they may be called upon once again to step up.