ATLANTA – Add another player to the LA Galaxy’s ongoing list of injuries.
The Galaxy announced Tuesday that Daniel Steres will miss six to eight weeks with an L2-4 transverse process fracture. The injury was suffered in the opening stages of the Galaxy’s match against Seattle Sounders FC earlier this month.
Steres’ ailment is just the latest in a long line of injury issues that have plagued the Galaxy throughout the campaign, costing the team some of their most significant contributors, particularly in defense.
“When you look at the defenders that were here to start the season of the group that was put together by [General Manager Pete] Vagenas. That was Robbie Rogers, [Jelle] Van Damme, Steres, and [Ashley] Cole. Now we’re down to one of those four,” Sigi Schmid told LA Galaxy Insider. “It’s definitely made it difficult for all the coaches that have been here because when you have significant turnover like that when 75 percent of the backline is missing, it makes it tough.”
With Steres on the shelf and Bradley Diallo still suffering from a hamstring injury, the Galaxy will once again be forced to put together another defensive combination when they take on Atlanta United on Wednesday.
“We’re a little better than we were against Toronto because we have [Romain] Alessandrini and Jermaine Jones back,” Schmid said. “That helps us, but Steres is out, and we’ve lost Diallo. We still can’t get back to the same point of starting the same team that we played against Colorado and Seattle.”