Editorial (June 2, 2017) – The LA Galaxy medical staff has another body to deal with. Starting goalkeeper Brian Rowe suffered a groin injury in training this week. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
LA Galaxy Injuries: Things Go From Bad To Worse With Brian Rowe Out 6-8 Weeks
The Galaxy were already banged up, especially in the midfield. Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic are out long term with lower body injuries. Robbie Robers was placed on the Season Ending Injury List last month as well. Joao Pedro was listed as questionable going into last weekend. So was Jelle Van Damme. Both were able to start though and had excellent games. Daniel Steres was subbed out midway through the game though. It looks like he is out this weekend with a hamstring injury.
Romain Alessandrini and Emma Boateng were a bit hobbled after the Cali Clasico, but both appear to be ok. Neither was listed as Questionable on the MLS Injury Report. Now the Galaxy are down their starting goalkeeper.
Fortunately for the Galaxy, they do have some bodies getting healthy. Clement Diop has been off the injury report for weeks. While I believe Rowe is the better option as a starter, Diop has been servicable at times this year. He should slot this weekend at D.C. United. Assuming he doesn’t have any brain farts, he should be able to fill in for Rowe without issues.
Jermaine Jones is also on the mend from his MCL sprain. This could be a good thing or a bad things to Galaxy supporters. An argument can be made that the Galaxy’s recent run of form started with Jones getting hurt. The midfield has been more stable, the shape has been better, and Pedro has been playing well.
That said, at this point, Head Coach Curt Onalfo needs bodies. Jones could very well see the field on Saturday out of necesity. Diop will most likely be the starter for Rowe in goal. We could see Dave Romney at center back next to Captain Van Damme. If the Galaxy can hold serve with the personnel they’ve got, they should be ok.
But the cannot afford another injury. They’re running out of healthy impact players on an already shallow Starting XI.