As it turns out, Maxi Moralez had a mini-return for New York City FC.

Maxi Moralez ruptured the ACL of his right knee. (USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

As it turns out, Maxi Moralez had a mini-return for New York City FC.

The Major League Soccer Tuesday announced that midfielder Maxi Moralez will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee.

The 36-year-old Argentine native will have surgery at Montefiore Einstein in the coming weeks and will begin rehab immediately after the operation.

NYCFC did not say how long Moralez will be sidelined, but it is safe to say that ACL will knock out a player for months.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to wish Maxi all the best for the surgery and his recovery,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a statement. “Maxi has made an immediate impact on the team since he returned, and we are deeply disappointed to lose a player of his caliber this late in the season as we push for the playoffs. We all know what Maxi means to NYCFC and our fans, his presence will be missed both on-and-off the field. We will give Maxi all the support needed throughout his recovery to help him return as soon, and safely, as possible.”

After leaving the team for a brief stint in Argentina last year, Moralez returned to NYCFC last month. He made four starts in four appearances. He did not record a goal or an assist.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.