Bad news for LA Galaxy midfielder Chris Pontius. The 31-year old veteran will miss the rest of the MLS 2018 season with a nagging groin issue that should require surgery.
It’s an unfortunate break for the former UC Santa Barbara star, who chipped in five goals and at one point recorded a goal or an assist in seven straight matches.
Adam Serrano was at training and got a few quotes from Dom Kinnear on the situation.
“Pontius will not be available for us for the remainder of the season,” Kinnear said. “It’s just not getting better.
“He was scoring a lot of important goals for us and carrying this team. It’s tough. The point of hoping for him to come back is kind of lost. He’s sorely missed for us right now, it’ll be nice to have him, but as of right now, we don’t.”
There is some good news, however, as Kinnear expects to have Giovani dos Santos and Bradford Jamieson IV back in full training next week. Dos Santos has missed the last five to six weeks and has been training off to the side for a week.
“He’s getting closer,” Kinnear said. “Next week we start the conversation of him joining the squad. Right now, he’s still doing stuff onto the side making sure his fitness is right, and he can run without pain, that’s the most important thing. Once he gets through that and feels good about his recovery, he’ll come to join us.”