LA Galaxy Defender Daniel Steres will miss six to eight weeks according to an official announcement from the club. Steres suffered an L2-4 transverse process fracture (Back Fracture) during the 22nd-minute of the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders. And with only six games remaining, the injury should keep him from the field for the rest of the season.
Steres played an amazing, 68 minutes with the fracture and was key in holding the Sounders to only one goal on the night.
The news was originally reported by Corner of the Galaxy.
INJURY NEWS: Daniel Steres out with a Stress fracture in his back. Out 6-8 weeks.
L2-4 transverse process fractures.#LAGalaxy
For the Galaxy, this is just one in a string of seemingly never-ending injuries the club has had to endure on the season. With all the remodeling going at StubHub Center, the club may want to think about expanding the training room. It’s getting crowded.
Robbie Rogers (Ankle Surgery / Nerve Damage), Sebastian Lletget (Fractured Foot), Baggio Husidic (Fractured Tibia), Pele Van Anholt (Torn ACL and MCL), and Bradley Diallo (Hamstring) are all currently injured for the club. Rogers, Lletget, Van Anholt and Steres are all done for the season. With Husidic’s return up in the air (he is training with the club).
Steres was enjoying another terrific season in his Sophmore year with the Galaxy. He had amassed 1,843 minutes, second only to Ashley Cole on defense (1960) and scored three goals. Doing all this while starting 21-games this season and being thrown together with multiple partners throughout the year.
He’s coming off a 2016 season that saw him play in all but three games and put 2,656 minutes on the board.
Michael Ciani, the newly signed French defender, will take over for Steres at the CB role with Dave Romney likely to slot in beside him. But after a shaky debut against Toronto, there are many questions to be answered over the Galaxy’s patchwork backline.
The Galaxy have six games remaining in their 2017 season with no chance of making the playoffs and will face off against Atlanta United on Wednesday, September 19. That game kicks off at 4 p.m. PT.