Injuries have robbed Josh Gatt of the past several years of his career, but the American winger took an emotional step forward on Sunday afternoon.
After spending the better part of three years away due to a series of knee injuries, Gatt was named to Molde’s gameday roster for Sunday’s 4-2 win over Odds BK. While fellow American Ethan Horvath played all 90 minutes, Gatt did not enter the match, but the return to club soccer was a significant one for a player who has spent so long away.
Gatt’s woes date back to June 2013, when the now 24-year-old midfielder suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the entire 2014 Tippeligaen season. After 21 months away, Gatt made his return in May 2015, lasting just four minutes before leaving with knee pain that would eventually require the winger’s third operation. He has been sidelined ever since, making Sunday’s return an emotional one:
Prior to his injury woes, Gatt made two appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team and was set to play in the 2013 Gold Cup prior to his first knee injury.
Gatt, Horvath and Molde return to action on Saturday for a clash with Stromsgodset.