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Garza set to undergo hip surgery, will be sidelined 4-5 months

Club Atlas officials revealed on Thursday that U.S. national team defender Greg Garza will undergo hip surgery that will keep him sidelined for 4-5 months.

Sources confirmed to Goal USA that Garza has been battling sports hernia symptoms since the end of the 2014 season but continued to play through discomfort, as well as taking pain injections, for the past nine months. As a result, he developed tears in the labrum of his hip that will now require surgery.

The injury is another blow to an already injury-hit U.S. fullback stable ahead of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico on Oct. 10. Timmy Chandler has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Brad Evans (concussion symptoms) and Fabian Johnson (calf injury) are currently battling to be back in time for the one-game playoff.

Garza made his U.S. debut last year, starting and playing well in 2014 fall friendlies against Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia and Ireland. His play with the U.S. diminished in 2015, as he found himself left out of the lineup, and he managed just one appearance in the Gold Cup during the group stage before being sent home for the knockout rounds. More recently, Garza was called up for friendlies against Peru and Brazil, but failed to make an appearance in either match.

Garza joined Atlas on loan from Club Tijuana this past summer and started just three matches early in the season, but hadn't made an appearance in a month.