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Josh Gatt reveals latest setback in emotional Instagram message

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One of the questions that has sporadically popped up in recent weeks is, “How close is Josh Gatt to making a recovery?’

It turns out not that close.

Gatt gave an emotional update on his Instagram account on Wednesday morning on where he stands right now in his rehabilitation process. Gatt suffered the latest in a string of knee injuries back in May, but he revealed in his message that the last operation to repair the damage did not go as well as planned.¬†Instead, it caused more issues in his left knee, and he’s starting all over again in his road to recovery.

There was no timetable for recovery listed in the post, but Gatt said he has to start from “square one” while accompanying the message with a video of him sporting a knee brace and walking on crutches.

Gatt, a 24-year-old winger who plays for Molde in Norway, has seen his promising career derailed by knee injuries. His first one came in summer 2013 – just¬†before he was to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup – and it ruled him out for the rest of the year.

The speedy youngster also missed the entire 2014 campaign due to knee problems, but he was cleared to return to action this past April. Gatt played in his first game in two years in May by coming off the bench as a substitute, but he suffered another setback and had to be replaced five minutes after entering the field.

You can see the entire Instagram post here:

A lot has happened to me these past months. I have seen a lot of doctors, in many different countries to find and solve the problem which has been my left knee. I have had a terrible string of injuries and adversity that has made me question the choices I’ve made and if i should continue to make the same choices again. Most of you don’t know what happened but to fill you in, I had to repair my knee again. The last surgery I had didn’t take the way we hoped and it led to more damage in my knee. I wish I could say things would be easy and I’d be back sooner rather than later. But that’s not the truth. The truth is I have to start at square one, a third time. But that doesn’t change what I have to do. I choose to fight. I choose to get back up after getting knocked down again. I choose to NEVER give up and work everyday as hard as I can to continue chasing my dreams. They are far from gone and not even close to out of reach. Some might not believe I can do it, which is your opinion and it’s fine. But it’s not my opinion. I know I’ll play again, I will work as hard as I can everyday to reach my goals and to play again. I am a fighter, I am not a quitter. And I WILL get better. For those of you who support and believe in me I could not ask for anything more and I hope you know I truly appreciate that with all my heart. If you can show me faith and believe in my recovery I will return the favor in kind by doing everything I can to get back on that field. Wish me some luck and keep a look out in the future. I will make my comeback.

A video posted by Joshua Gatt (@gatter22) on Sep 16, 2015 at 2:57am PDT



What do you think about Gatt suffering another setback? Devastated for him? See Gatt coming back and being the same player he used to be?

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