LAFC’s El-Munir needs a facial surgery after Ibrahimovic elbow elbow

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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.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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