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Keane returns to action following surgery


ROBBIE KEANE has been boosted by making his return to action following surgery, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Keane has been sidelined since he had an operation on an Achilles problem and there was a slight concern over whether the Ireland captain would be fit for the start of the new MLS season next month.

But Keane played and scored for LA Galaxy in a friendly against UCLA.

"I feel very happy considering that it was my first real game in three months. There were some good touches, some good movements, and I scored," said Keane.

"The first 35 minutes I felt very good and sharp, but the last 10 minutes, I was just going through the motions a little bit, which is to be expected. I'm going to get stronger as we play more games."

Martin O'Neill confirmed this morning that Keane will not be in Dublin next month for the friendly against Serbia as the MLS season starts just three days later and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is keen to have his main striker rested.

ANDY REID'S goal, his 10th of the season, was not enough to give Nottingham Forest a much-needed win in the Championship as they had to settle for a draw at home to Leicester City.

Reid's penalty two minutes before half-time gave Forest a 2-1 lead but promotion rivals Leicester equalised on 83 minutes, and the dropped points will dent Forest's hopes of winning automatic promotion.

"We're looking forward to the exciting matches which lie ahead. That's what competing at the top end of the table is all about. Every point is a prisoner between now and the end of the season so we'll keep fighting to take as many as we can," said Forest boss Billy Davies.

"It is a very frustrating time for us given the injury list we've got."

LEAGUE TWO side Bury say they are delighted to have snapped up Irish defender Jake Carroll on loan from Huddersfield Town.

Carroll, 22, has made seven appearances for Championship outfit Huddersfield this season but lost his place in the squad in recent weeks. A one-month loan under Garry Flitcroft at Bury will give the former St Patrick's Athletic man the chance to get first-team football.

"We bided our time but I am really pleased to have finally got Jake," said Flitcroft. "He is athletic, is a good size and has got good pace."