Last night Kevin Baxter of the LA Times revealed some bad news: Robbie Rogers is sidelined with foot complications, and there’s no timetable for his return.
In fact, Rogers briefly considered retiring after the defender lost feeling in his left foot following a December surgery.
“I definitely thought about it,” he said. “I thought, ‘What does this mean to my foot and having another surgery?’ But at the end, I just kind of overreacted. I was just kind of freaking out after another surgery.”
Rogers, 29, said he has undergone eight operations in his soccer career, including three in the last 16 months. But after the most recent procedure, Rogers had a bad reaction to an injection that left him with nerve problems in his foot.
Because of that, Rogers, one of the top right backs in MLS, hasn’t been able to participate in preseason training with the Galaxy and has already been ruled out of the team’s March 4 season opener.
First and foremost, get better Robbie.
That being said, who will replace the right back who’s career is indefinitely on hold? AJ DeLaGarza and Oscar Sorto are no longer with the club. Rafa Garcia is an emergency option, but he’s no right back. 18-year-old Hugo Arellano plays centrally.
Your best bet would be to move Dave Romney to the position, who isn’t a natural right back but at least has the potential to hold the spot down. Of course, the Galaxy could also look to Los Dos to plug the gap.
We’ll find out in the coming weeks.