By IVES GALARCEP
Josh Gatt has endured a healthy share of injuries already in his young and promising career, but it appears he is now facing the toughest injury challenge to date.
His club, Molde, has revealed that Gatt is set to miss the remainder of the current Norwegian League season due to pending surgery to repair the knee injury that ultimately kept him out of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Gatt suffered the undisclosed knee injury during Molde’s 3-1 win vs. Sarpsborg on June 29th. The timing of the injury led to Gatt being replaced on the U.S. Gold Cup team by Brek Shea.
Details on the specifics of Gatt’s injury have yet to surface, but given the fact he is expected to be sidelined for more than three months at least, it sounds as though Gatt suffered some major structural damage to his knee.
The 21-year-old winger was in line to play a role in the Gold Cup, and potentially build on his two U.S. National Team caps, but now his latest injury setback threatens to keep him out of the USMNT mix until early 2014 at the earliest.
The timing of the injury also puts a dent into the possibility of a transfer move for the young midfielder, who had impressed since joining Molde and helping them win the Norwegian League title in 2011 and 2012.