CARSON, Calif. – Edson Buddle had intended to make his return to the field after knee surgery in Tuesday’s Reserve League match against Chivas USA, but ultimately swelling his right knee ended his hopes. But the 31-year-old forward believes that he’ll be able to suit up for the LA Galaxy sooner rather than later.
After undergoing knee surgery in June to repair a torn meniscus, Buddle recently returned to full training and took part in on-ball work and shooting drills during Thursday’s session. Ever the optimist, Buddle is adamant that missing the Reserve League match was not a setback as he feels that he should be “absolutely right” before stepping on the field again.
“I’m just getting a little more treatment,” said Buddle. “I’m being cautious with the training staff and making sure that my knee is right. A little more information on it, makes the trainer cautious about what’s going on inside [my knee] so I just have to listen to them and do what’s best.”
Buddle’s injury first surfaced during the Galaxy’s May 26th match against the Houston Dynamo when the forward was called for a foul during a collision with Houston’s Corey Ashe. Ultimately, the impact of the collision forced Buddle to undergo knee surgery, which kept him from practicing with the team for more than a month.
But more recently, Buddle has once again begun training with the team on a daily basis as the club continues to recover from a series of midseason injuries. However, even though Buddle has made extensive progress since his knee surgery, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is not interested in rushing the forward before he’s ready.
“He’s moving along, he’s not ready yet,” Arena told reporters on Thursday. “But we haven’t done anything thinking with Edson just yet.”
Although Buddle admits that this Sunday’s SuperClásico clash against Chivas USA and next Wednesday’s match against the Columbus Crew may be too soon, the forward is doing his part to stay mentally prepared for his eventual return.
“It’s tough, I don’t want to show too much frustration and I want to be positive especially being an older player,” said Buddle. “Bruce knows what he’s doing and he’s watching me closely so you never know so we’ll see.”
Adam Serrano is the LA Galaxy Insider. Read his blog at LAGalaxy.com/Insider.