Los Angeles FC defender Mohamed El-Munir needs surgery to repair a broken cheekbone imposed on him by the elbow of Los Angeles Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday night.
The 27-year-old Libyan visited a specialist on Monday, and the operation to correct a zygomatic fracture is likely to take place this week, a team official said.
The injury occurred in the fourth minute of the second half of injury time, when both players jumped to try a header. Ibrahimovic was called to a foul after his left elbow collided with El-Munir’s right cheek.
A league spokesman confirmed that the incident could be reviewed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
El-Munir has played 10 games with LAFC since joining the team in a deal with Orlando City in December 2018.
El-Munir’s former team-mate from Orlando, Amro Tarek of the New York Red Bulls, shared a video clip about the incident and photos of the injured player in social media.
Ibrahimovic, 37, who is second in the MLS with 16 goals, finished second with a hat-trick in the 3-2 win of the galaxy against the LAFC.