Omar Gonzalez will return to LA Galaxy after suffering a serious injury in his first training session while on loan with German side FC Nurnberg.
The 23-year-old defender will have surgery for a left ACL rupture after colliding with right-back and fellow American Timothy Chandler. He has officially been recalled from his loan spell by the Galaxy to undergo treatment.
“The team doctor in Los Angeles is doing the operation,” confirmed the German side’s press officer Arndt Sonneck. “Then we will see if he can come back to Nurnberg, but the most important thing is that he is better. That is the first thing, that he can recover in good time."
The soccer betting tips are anticipatating that Gonzalez, who is the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, will be out of action for up to six months.
Gonzalez started 29 regular-season games and all four post-season matches for Galaxy last year as they won the MLS Cup. Those who like to bet on soccer games may well think twice about backing Galaxy without their influential defender.
He moved to LA in 2009 after previously playing for the Dallas Texans, the IMG Soccer Academy and Maryland Terrapins.
His first appearance for Galaxy came against DC United almost three years ago and he scored his first goal for the club in the 3-2 defeat to Colorado Rapids in April 2009.Gonzalez was named the MLS Rookie of the Year at the end of his first season in the league and was included in the 2010 MLS All-Star team. Last season he played a key part in Galaxy having the best defence in the league.
Gonzalez has a Mexican passport, but represented the USA at Under-17 and Under-20 levels before making his senior debut against Brazil in August 2010.