The recovery timeline, as outlined by San Jose, could make Nathan available for selection by early May. Beforehand, the Earthquakes have seven regular-season matches (20.5% of schedule), excluding the one he was injured in.
Nathan, who came up through Palmeiras’ academy in his home country, signed for San Jose last summer from FC Zürich in Switzerland. Last season, he had two goals in 20 games (all starts) and ranked fifth league-wide in interceptions (64) and tied for 12th in tackles won (49).
Without Nathan, San Jose are expected to lean on Francisco Calvo, Tanner Beason and Oskar Ågren in central defense. Calvo is a Costa Rican international who joined in free agency this offseason, while Beason and Ågren are both SuperDraft products.
Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda has also played traditional midfielder Jackson Yueill at center back in a three-man backline.