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Omar Holness to undergo surgery Friday

Offseason acquisition was nearing the end of long rehab from ruptured ACL

Bethlehem Steel

Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Omar Holness has suffered another setback in his return from injury with the team announcing Wednesday that he will undergo surgery on his left knee Friday.

The surgery will be conducted by the team’s doctors from the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Holness, 24, was expected to be available for selection again this weekend after a long rehab process from an ACL injury he went down with while still at Real Salt Lake last summer. The Steel signed the Jamaican international and No. 5 pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft back in January.

Head coach Brendan Burke said Wednesday that the injury was not his ACL but “another part of his knee” and “shouldn’t be as long term as the previous injury.”

“It was just kind of a freak non-contact incident,” Burke said. “To have him close and then miss definitely sends shock waves, but it also leaves people with more opportunity in that area of the field.”