Mexico’s Vela undergoes knee surgery

Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela (#11) is helped off the field after injuring his right knee in a Spanish La Liga game at Real Madrid on January 31, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport) 

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Mexico international Carlos Vela underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, his club Real Sociedad announced in a statement.

The 25-year-old suffered the injury early in Saturday’s 4-1 La Liga loss at Real Madrid. 

Dr. Mikel Sanchez conducted the operation, which will keep Vela hospitalized for the evening.

After he is discharged, the 37-time capped forward will start the recovery process at the sporting facilities of Zubieta.  Though no time frame has been given for a return to competitive play, the injury typically requires up to eight weeks of rehabilitation.

In June and July, Mexico will be participating in the Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup.