Van Damme says that he has sprained his (Left) MCL and that he’ll be out for 2-3 weeks. And while his tweet seems to be optimistic in looking at 2 weeks, the LA Galaxy can hardly afford to have their most influential player off the field right now. Van Damme should easily win the team MVP vote after the season and there’s a strong possibility that he’s the best Defender in Major League Soccer this year.
The LA Galaxy’s schedule is unfortunately busy in the next two weeks. While they don’t play midweek this week, they’ll play on Saturday vs Columbus (9.3.2016), Wednesday at Real Salt Lake (9.7.2016) and then Back home the following Sunday for a matchup with Orland City (9.11.2016). Those are all games that Van Damme could possibly miss. It’s probably wise to expect Jelle Van Damme is a possibility for the September 18th game at Sporting KC.
However, if a positive attitude can speed up recovery then Van Damme should be ready by noon tomorrow (we wish). Regardless of their current standing, and no matter how good the defense does while everyone waits his return, the bottom line is that the LA Galaxy need Jelle Van Damme if they’re to have any hope of making a late season push for an MLS Cup.