Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget on road to recovery – Daily Breeze
The 2017 season went from a high to low quickly for Sebastian Lletget.
In January he signed a contract extension with the Galaxy and was called into his first U.S. National Team camp, eventually earning a starting nod in a World Cup qualifier in March.
In front of his family and friends at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium, Lletget, a Bay Area native, scored the opening goal of a 6-0 victory over Honduras. Later, he was taken off after a tackle with Honduras’ Ever Alvarado.
He was eventually diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury. He hasn’t played a minute for the Galaxy this season. Lletget underwent multiple surgeries, but is now on the road to recovery.
“I’ve got the clearance to come out here (the training field) to do some work, which is also better than doing it in the gym,” Lletget said recently. “It has been a while, but breathing the fresh air and being on the grass again is amazing.
“Right now, I’m going through the basics, getting back to full weight bearing and really pushing it. My (left) foot is responding, so hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”
Lletget’s rehab schedule starts early in the day and includes double-days on occasion.
“I have to do different types of rehab,” he said. “First I have to go in the morning and get treatment, then come out here, take a break and have lunch and then get one-on-one rehab with Kurt (Andrews), our trainer.
“After that then I go to the pool for workout …it’s a full day’s work. It is tough, but it will pay off in the end.”
Andrews said that Lletget still has a “ways to go” in terms of running on land, but that they’ve been utilizing the AlterG (Anti-Gravity) Treadmill and the pool.
“It gives us the opportunity for him to kind of mimic running form, without putting all of the weight on that joint,” Andrews said. “It is not fully ready yet, he has pins in there, so we’re just trying to allow the bones around them to tolerate different loads and different stresses. He still has a ways to go, but he’s made a lot of process so far.”
One of the challenges facing Lletget during this process is the willingness to push it too quickly.
“It is important he’s honest with us, if he comes in the next day and he’s super sore or he has pain, then it’s an indication that it was too much,” Andrews said. “With this injury, I’ll always err on the side of caution, less sometimes is more. You don’t want to put him into a situation where he’s going to fail or we lose a few days because we tried to do too much or got too aggressive.”
When asked when he believes Lletget will be back to full training, Andrews said he “would probably give it another two months.”
He added that they would like to get Lletget back into training with the club in four to six weeks, but the challenge facing that is the club’s current position in the standings.
“The goal is to obviously have him fit and healthy for preseason,” Andrews said. “He’s a young kid, you don’t want to set him up for failure, so you have to make sure he’s able to do everything, load the foot, sprint, kick the ball, these are all things he hasn’t done yet.”
L.A. GALAXY at SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Kickoff: 11 a.m.; Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City
TV/Radio: Ch. 13; KWKW/1330; KTMZ/1220; LAGalaxy.com (English)
Update: SKC (11-6-11) is in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with 44 points. SKC captured its fourth U.S. Open Cup title, defeating New York, 2-1, Wednesday. SKC also clinched a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. SKC is the lone club that’s undefeated at home (9-0-5). The Galaxy is winless (0-3-3) at the Children’s Mercy Park and 0-4-5 in the last nine trips to Kansas City since 2008. SKC does have one of the lowest-scoring attacks in MLS. Entering today’s game, SKC has scored just 35 goals. The Galaxy will be without Jermaine Jones, who received a red card in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Atlanta United FC.