Greg Garza is done for 2015. His club confirmed that the left back needs surgery on his hip and will be out for 4-5 months.
Garza's injury woes are not new. He had a sports hernia for all of 2014 and had to take injections to be able to play, according to Goal. It was that injury and the attempts to play through it that led to the tears in his hip labrum and forced surgery.
Now that Garza has to go under the knife, he is out for the remainder of the Liga MX Apertura. That's terrible timing for him on a club level seeing as he just joined Atlas this summer and only got to play three matches before being shut down a month ago. If he returns in the projected timeline, he'll be back right around the start of the Clausura next year and should be back with the United States for the March 2016 World Cup qualifiers.
Garza's injury is another blow to Jurgen Klinsmann's already depleted fullback corps. Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley are all dealing with injuries, leaving the Americans thin on the outside of their defense. With the Confederations Cup playoff less than a month away, things are looking bleak for the U.S. at fullback.