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AJ DeLaGarza To Miss October With Small Tear In Left Knee

A.J. DeLaGarza reveals he has a small tear in his left knee. He's expected to return for the playoffs.

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Landon Donovan Speaks On Losing A.J. DeLaGarza

Now that the LA Galaxy have a diagnosis (left knee sprain) and a time frame (at least a month) on A.J. DeLaGarza, now the focus moves onto what the Galaxy do in the meantime. Bruce Arena confirmed today to reporters that Leonardo won't be an option, as he still sits on the disabled list and can't be added to the roster.

As to what the Galaxy lose with DeLaGarza's injury, captain Landon Donovan was quite candid.

"[A.J. DeLaGarza]’s our maybe most reliable defender this year," said Landon Donovan. "He’s been a rock now for years, and he makes plays. He’s always in the right spot; he’s always dependable. You know if something goes wrong then he’s going to be in the right spot. So we lose a lot."

Bruce Arena said that we can't simply assume Tommy Meyer will be the replacement, but the alternatives aren't that exciting. David Junior Lopes was caught out of position almost as often as he made the right play. Andrew Boyens has been injured so long that he's almost an unknown property. Regardless of talent level, what the Galaxy really lose is the way Gonzalez and DeLaGarza could communicate on the pitch.

"Omar and AJ, don’t even need to say much. They just look at each other and know what to do, and where to go, and how to move. That’s going to be something we miss."

The Galaxy have three days to find a replacement, as they'll host Real Salt Lake in an all too important match on Saturday. Who steps up to take DeLaGarza's spot is going to have some large shoes to fill.

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A.J. DeLaGarza Out With Left Knee Sprain

The MLS Injury Report has been updated, and unsurprisingly A.J. DeLaGarza is now listed as out along with Leonardo and Kyle Nakazawa. The injury is still being called a left knee sprain, and DeLaGarza told Scott French at LAGalaxy.com yesterday at the Time Warner Cable Sportsnet kickoff that his goal is to be back for the playoffs.

In the interview, DeLaGarza reveals that he won't need surgery which results in the optimistic recovery time of one month. Galaxy communications officials have not yet revealed the official word from the team medical staff. Omar Gonzalez also echoed the one month expectation for recovery.

The rest of the injury report is without change from Friday, despite David Beckham playing also ninety minutes in Colorado. He still is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. Christian Wilhelmsson is also still listed as questionable, but will likely be available if he practices with the team this week.

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A.J. DeLaGarza Likely To Miss October

It was confirmed to reporters tonight that A.J. DeLaGarza will likely miss significant time due to his knee injury suffered in Colorado. While the severity of the injury won't be known until test results come back tomorrow, in talking with reporters the initial time frame given was a few weeks. The LA Times report is that DeLaGarza will likely be out until the playoffs.

DeLaGarza was seen at the Time Warner Cable Sportsnet launch party on crutches, but the progress of Omar Gonzalez should speak to the talent of the Galaxy training staff in handing injuries. Tomorrow's injury report update will likely include a formal release on the status of DeLaGarza.

Still, the Galaxy will have to progress through their most difficult stretch of the year without a top defender. That the Galaxy have already clinched a playoff spot is a comfort, but Real Salt Lake and a trip up to San Jose are going to prove a challenge with a replacement in DeLaGarza's position.

The Galaxy are currently third in the MLS Western Conference, with a match at home against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Rookie Tommy Meyer will have a large role to fill with vital points on the line, look for the Galaxy to take on the more defensive form they showed in the second half of the Colorado match.

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A.J. DeLaGarza Remains Optimistic About Injury

A.J. DeLaGarza left last night's LA Galaxy match against the Colorado Rapids in the thirty fourth minute after a collision with Omar Cummings. DeLaGarza had to be stretchered off the field, and then helped to the locker room by the training staff unable to put weight on his leg. The early diagnosis was a left knee sprain.

LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano was able to catch up with DeLaGarza after the match, who was still in pain but upbeat. He didn't remember much about the play itself, and he simply had to trust what the doctors were saying about the injury at such an early state.

"It’s late in the season. Hopefully, I’ll be back for the playoffs or a couple games before that hopefully to get my rhythm back, depending on how bad it is."

The Galaxy have their final reserve match on October 12th, but that's probably too soon as less than two weeks would be a terribly quick recovery. Recovery time will depend on the severity of the sprain.

In the meantime, the Galaxy will have to depend on rookie Tommy Meyer or perhaps Andrew Boyens or David Junior Lopes. Bryan Gaul is also an option at center back. It's a blow to a Galaxy back line which had started to keep clean sheets since getting Omar Gonzalez back. However, it should be a blow the Galaxy can recover from.

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AJ DeLaGarza Leaves Match With Left Knee Sprain

The LA Galaxy had to do without one of their best defenders for most of the majority of their match against the Colorado Rapids as A.J. DeLaGarza went out with a left knee sprain in the thirty-seventh minute. He had to be carried to the locker room by the training staff, unable to put pressure on his injured knee. It was a hard tackle that took him out, and he had to be stretchered off the pitch.

The LA Galaxy defense has been much improved since they've been able to get the 2011 defensive line back of DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Dunivant, and Franklin. Much of the team's resurgence can be tied to that moment. DeLaGarza was replaced in the match by Tommy Meyer who was one of a revolving door of center backs called in to replace Omar Gonzalez earlier in the year.

While the early prognosis is a sprain, the team won't know anything conclusive until he's had an MRI. It'll be a story to watch this upcoming week as the Galaxy prepare to take on Real Salt Lake.

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