It has been almost two years since Josh Gatt last played a competitive minute, but the U.S. men's national team winger is on the verge of finally coming back.
Gatt tweeted Monday that he has been cleared to play after three major knee surgeries and more than 20 months since his last match. Gatt, who plays for Norwegian club Molde, re-injured his knee just as the 2014 season was set to kick off and spent the last year-plus rehabilitating. Known for his blistering pace on the wings, Gatt scored 12 goals in all competitions between 2011-2013.
It's been 20 months and 20 days but I am proud to announce that after 1 LCL and 2 ACL surgeries I have been officially cleared to play!— Joshua Gatt (@JoshuaGatt) April 20, 2015
It's been a long road but I've finally made it to the end! Hopefully some games to come but I am officially back on the pitch for good!— Joshua Gatt (@JoshuaGatt) April 20, 2015
A Michigan native, Gatt, 23, has two caps with the senior national team–the last of which came in a January 2013 friendly against Canada–and was set to be part of the victorious 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup team before suffering a knee injury in a June 29 match vs. Sarpsborg that ruled him out of contention. That was his last competitive match.
Gatt has won two league titles with Molde, which next plays Sunday at Haugesund. The club currently sits in fifth place in Norway's top flight through three matches, with a 2-1-0 record.