Josh Gatt with Molde FK.
Courtesy of Molde FK

American Exports: Gatt headed home to rehab

AMSTERDAM — Molde FK right-sider Josh Gatt will miss a few weeks of training after suffering a ligament strain on his left foot in Sunday's win over Aalesund FK.

The 19-year-old was pulled near halftime on Sunday evening, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was breathing a sigh of relief after a Monday exam showed minimal damage.

"It could have been a lot worse," Molde medical staff chief Lars Høvard told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. "The coach is very happy."

Gatt, normally a pure winger, was starting his fourth match in five to help cover a right-back injury crisis in the side.

"He had a hyper-extension during the game," reported Høvard. "We've examined it, including an MRI, and found that he has a small sprain on the outside ligament."

The Tippeligaen leaders do not play another league match for another 13 days, meaning the squad is headed on furlough. That allows Gatt to start his recovery back home in Michigan.

"The players have a week off and he's going to the States [on Tuesday]," said Høvard. "He will begin his rehab program in America, and we expect him to be back in training in two to three weeks."

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