Galaxy’s Buddle, Keat out up to six weeks after knee surgeries

Galaxy striker Edson Buddle, who fans might suggest has missed much of the season so far anyway given his performances, will miss the next three to six weeks after right knee surgery, the club announced today.

Buddle’s operation occurred Monday; midfielder-defender Dan Keat underwent the exact same procedure last Thursday on his right knee, too.

Buddle has scored just twice in a dozen games since returning from Germany; Keat has played in two Galaxy games including an outing at the problematic heart of the Galaxy defense.

In other knee-related, Galaxy defender-related news, an MRI on the right knee of Brazilian center back Leonardo Monday revealed no structural damage in his right knee.

That’s the same knee Leonardo tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments on last year that forced him to miss most of the season.

Leonardo left Saturday’s reserve league win in Portland over the Timbers in the 10th minute because of the knee issue, seven minutes after giving the Galaxy a 1-0 lead. The Galaxy eventually prevailed 2-1 in the contest, which also featured the return to action of goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

Leonardo was playing in his second reserve team game of the year and also went the full 90 May 29 in the Galaxy’s 2-1 U.S. Open Cup loss.

The club has listed him as “questionable” on its current injury report with right knee inflammation; it’s unknown when he will resume full training.

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