Aljaz Ivacic - Olimpija Ljubljana

Update  (7 pm ET, 2/15): The Timbers announced that Ivacic underwent successful surgery to repair a left tibial stress fracture on Friday afternoon. They also confirmed the expected recovery period of 6-8 weeks originally reported by The Oregonian.




Original (5:45 pm ET, 2/13): New Portland Timbers goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic has reportedly arrived to the United States with an injury that will require surgery.


That comes from a report from Jamie Goldberg at The Oregonian, who says the surgery on the newcomer's leg, will sideline him an estimated 6-8 weeks.


Ivacic, 25, joined the Timbers this offseason on a transfer from Olimpija Ljubljana. The Slovenian was brought in to compete for the starting goalkeeping spot in Portland.


Goldberg's report also noted that as a result of the pre-existing injury, the Timbers successfully renegotiated Ivacic's transfer fee, saving approximately $200,000 as a result.


Portland will open the 2019 MLS regular season on March 2 at the Colorado Rapids.