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Savarino says he suffered grade 2 ankle sprain

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It’s a bitter blow for one of RSL’s brightest young players.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Jefferson Savarino’s injury sustained on Saturday has come to more light: The player himself posted on Instagram that he suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain.

That’s a blow for him, as he was about to travel to Venezuela to join his national team, and it’s a blow for Real Salt Lake, for whom he has been an immense figure and a huge part of the late-season turnaround.

Savarino has scored six goals and earned five assists in MLS after arriving to RSL in mid-May.

We’ll see exactly how long Savarino is out, but the internet™ (the source for all things true, right?) says grade 2 sprains tend to keep athletes out for a month or longer. That would be a bitter blow to RSL, but it wouldn’t rule him out for the season if the team manages to make the playoffs.

Smart money is, of course, on Brooks Lennon getting starts again on the right wing, where he is at his most natural position.