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

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Los Angeles FC defender Mohamed El-Munir needs surgery to repair a broken cheekbone sustained when he was struck by Los Angeles Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s elbow on Friday night.

The 27-year-old Libyan left back visited a specialist on Monday, and the operation to correct a zygomatic fracture likely will take place this week, according to a team official.

The injury occurred in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as both players leaped to attempt a header. Ibrahimovic was called for a foul after his left elbow collided with El-Munir’s right cheek.

A league spokesperson confirmed that the incident could be reviewed by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

El-Munir has appeared in 10 games with LAFC since joining the team in a December 2018 trade with Orlando City.

El-Munir’s former Orlando teammate, Amro Tarek of the New York Red Bulls, shared a video clip of the incident and photos of the injured player on social media.

Ibrahimovic, 37, who is tied for second in MLS with 16 goals, finished with a hat trick in the Galaxy’s 3-2 victory over LAFC.

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