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Kreilach undergoes surgery, Mastroeni says — may not play again in 2022

It’s a fairly massive blow for Real Salt Lake.

MLS: Austin FC at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake’s captain, Damir Kreilach, may have already seen his final minutes of 2022, with coach Pablo Mastroeni saying today that the midfielder has undergone a surgery for a back issue that had kept him out of contention since mid-April.

Kreilach, 33, last played in RSL’s 6-0 loss to New York City FC on April 17. He played 90 minutes in that match after missing several games earlier in the season with a calf injury.

No official release has emerged on the timeframe for recovery, but odds are not in Kreilach’s favor for a 2022 return. A three-month recovery per Mastroeni would put Kreilach returning at earliest in early September; RSL’s final regular season game falls on Oct. 9, so the timeframe is very narrow.