Edson Buddle and Dan Keat Undergo Successful Knee Surgery, Leonardo Undergoes MRI

Buddle & Keat expected to miss 3-6 weeks; no structural damage for Leonardo

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, June 5, 2012) – LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle and midfielder Dan Keat have each undergone successful right knee surgeries and are expected to miss the next 3-6 weeks. On Monday, Buddle underwent a meniscectomy on his right knee to repair damage done to his meniscus. Keat underwent the same procedure, also on his right knee, on Thursday, May 31. Both procedures were performed by Galaxy Club Physician, Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Buddle is tied for second on the club with two goals this season, scoring in the regular season opener against Real Salt Lake and in the 2-1 loss at Houston on May 26, while adding one assist. He has appeared in 12 of the club’s 13 regular season games, making eight starts.

Keat has played in two games for the Galaxy this season, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Montreal on May 12 for his only league appearance of the season while also coming on in the second half of the second leg of LA’s CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal against Toronto FC on March 14.

Additionally, on Monday, Galaxy defender Leonardo underwent an MRI which showed no structural damage in his right knee, which he injured in Saturday night’s Reserve League win in Portland. Making his second Reserve League appearance of the year, Leonardo was forced to leave that game in the 10th minute, seven minutes after putting the Galaxy in front 1-0. The Brazilian defender, who also played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss at Carolina in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 29, is listed on the club’s current injury report as questionable with inflammation in his right knee. There is no immediate timetable for his return to full training.

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