Mystery knee injury sends Ireland’s Robbie Keane back to L.A.


Republic of Ireland legend Robbie Keane has left camp without adding to his totals as all-time caps and goals leader.

The striker, 35, has a big role to play for both club and country this summer, with the Irish in Euro 2016 and the Galaxy’s expectations sky high in Major League Soccer.

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Keane has a knee injury and doesn’t quite know where he picked it up, having traveled to Ireland from the U.S. seemingly healthy. Here’s what Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has to say.


​”He was concerned about it because he doesn’t remember exactly what happened,” says O’Neill.

“It might have been a little bit of a knock and, of course, when that’s not going away immediately, then you start getting a bit of a concern.

“He feels as if he might just get it scoped and have a little look around to see what it is. In this day and age, that doesn’t take too long. I don’t think he has got any real worries but obviously we will know when he goes back (to LA).”

Keane’s 143 caps are 10 more than Shay Given and his 67 goals are 46 more than Ireland’s No. 2 (Niall Quinn).

If Keane were to miss extended time, and there’s no indication that’s a sure thing, it would mean more pressure on Ireland’s aging strike corp. Shane Long and Simon Cox are the babies of the group at 29 and 28, while Jonathan Walters and Kevin Doyle are both 32.

The Galaxy are bit better equipped to deal with a Keane absence, with Giovani dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes, Alan Gordon among a deep crop of attackers.