The 2017 season went from a high to low quickly for Sebastian Lletget.
In January he signed a contract extension with the Galaxy and was called into his first U.S. National Team camp, eventually earning a starting nod in a World Cup qualifier in March.
In front of his family and friends at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium, Lletget, a Bay Area native, scored the opening goal of a 6-0 victory over Honduras. Later, he was taken off after a tackle with Honduras’ Ever Alvarado.
He was eventually diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury. He hasn’t played a minute for the Galaxy this season. Lletget underwent multiple surgeries, but is now on the road to recovery.
“I’ve got the clearance to come out here (the training field) to do some work, which is also better than doing it in the gym,” Lletget said recently. “It has been a while, but breathing the fresh air and being on the grass again is amazing.
“Right now, I’m going through the basics, getting back to full weight bearing and really pushing it. My (left) foot is responding, so hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”
Lletget’s rehab schedule starts early in the day and includes double-days on occasion.
“I have to do different types of rehab,” he said. “First I have to go in the morning and get treatment, then come out here, take a break and have lunch and then get one-on-one rehab with Kurt (Andrews), our trainer.
“After that then I go to the pool for workout …it’s a full day’s work. It is tough, but it will pay off in the end.”
Andrews said that Lletget still has a “ways to go” in terms of running on land, but that they’ve been utilizing the AlterG (Anti-Gravity) Treadmill and the pool.
“It gives us the opportunity for him to kind of mimic running form, without putting all of the weight on that joint,” Andrews said. “It is not fully ready yet, he has pins in there, so we’re just trying to allow the bones around them to tolerate different loads and different stresses. He still has a ways to go, but he’s made a lot of process so far.”
One of the challenges facing Lletget during this process is the willingness to push it too quickly.
“It is important he’s honest with us, if he comes in the next day and he’s super sore or he has pain, then it’s an indication that it was too much,” Andrews said. “With this injury, I’ll always err on the side of caution, less sometimes is more. You don’t want to put him into a situation where he’s going to fail or we…