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What Key Injuries Mean for the LA Galaxy

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LA Galaxy attacker Romain Alessandrini | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 4, 2018

All three designated players are now down, but the LA Galaxy are not out.

The LA Galaxy have been cursed with bad health this year. I don’t know what spirits they upset or maybe they need to go to church more, but either way they have been cursed with injuries. It may be time to light some candles Galaxy fans.

Who’s Out?

Giovani dos Santos is out after injuring his leg on August 11th versus Minnesota United. He is expected to be out 2-4 more weeks.

Romain Alessandrini also injured himself in the same game (knee). Alessandrini is expected to be out another 1-2 weeks. Initially feared to be worse, this is the best case scenario and a welcomed sight for the team and the fans.

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LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos vs Portland Timbers | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 4, 2018

Jonathan dos Santos is now added to this injured list after apparently injuring his groin during the 2-2 draw against Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night. Typically, the groin takes around six weeks to heal.

Michael Ciani also felt tightness in his hamstring but I do not expect him to miss an extended period of time.

Best Case Scenario

Alessandrini comes back on August 24 in the rivalry game versus LAFC. He would definitely not be ready for the full 90 minutes but would provide a spark off the bench. We all remember when Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped off the bench to provide a “spark” (more like a lightning storm) against LAFC.

Gio could return on the road against Real Salt Lake on September 1 but with a two week gap after that game, it is highly unlikely. Form and playoff positioning will determine whether or not to rush Gio back.

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Romain Alessandrini of the LA Galaxy celebrating his goal vs Portland Timbers | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 4, 2018

Jona will probably miss at least five of the last nine games. Returning to the lineup for the final four matches could be just in time for the final playoff push.

My guess is that Alessandrini and Gio will not be back until September 15th when they play Toronto FC. This gives them extra time for them to heal and be ready for the final five games.

It’s a Pattern

Gio has played only 12 of 25 games in the MLS this season which is less than half (according to my math). Alessandrini has missed six games, although that is also due to suspension. Jona has played in 16 of the 25 matches this year which has not allowed him to find a rhythm.

A pattern begins to emerge as to why the LA Galaxy have been struggling to find consistency. It is impossible to bring together so many parts in so little bit of time and find a rhythm without them available in the lineup. This will now continue as all three designated players will be kept out of uniform as they recover during the hardest stretch of the season.

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LA Galaxy No.10 Giovani dos Santos attempting shot against the Portland Timbers | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 4, 2018

The last time the LA Galaxy were without all three designated players they pulled off the improbable and came from three goals down to win the first ever El Trafico and stun LAFC including the goal of the year in Zlatan’s debut.

How many more miracles does Zlatan have in him? I think plenty. But we better light some candles and pray to our Lord Zlatan just in case.

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