Thursday 26 April 2018

Robbie Keane goes under the knife to cure knee problem and posts pic to Instagram

Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane
Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane will miss Ireland's friendly with Slovakia due to a knee injury . Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Robbie Keane has undergone surgery on his injured knee, but the operation has not ended his hopes of making it into the Republic of Ireland squad for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.

Keane failed to make an appearance in Ireland’s two internationals against Switzerland and Slovakia in recent days, with manager Martin O’Neill unclear on the severity of the knee problem that was restricting the LA Galaxy striker.

Now Keane has posted an image that confirmed he has gone under the knife, with initial suspicions that it was an April Fools’ joke banished by confirmation from his club that the operation had been a success:

Mountain View

LA Galaxy then posted this message, as they confirmed their skipper would be out of action for up to six weeks, but will be fit in time to play a full part in Ireland’s Euro 2016 opener against Sweden on June 13th if required.

"Robbie Keane underwent successful orthoscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles,” read their press release.

“The surgery was performed by Dr. Bert R. Mandelbaum at the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group and Kerlan-Jobe Institute at Cedars-Sinai. The Galaxy captain is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.”

There have been claims in recent days that Keane could have a role to play as some kind of talisman/cheer leader in Ireland’s Euro 2016 travelling party, even if he is not included as a player in O’Neill’s final 23-man travelling party.

Yet this news suggests Keane has moved swiftly to resolve his knee problem in a bid to improve his chance of claiming one of the attacking berths up for grabs in the Ireland squad.

Stoke attacking star Jon Walters also went under the knife this week as he moved to resolve his own knee problem, but he should also be back in good time to play for Ireland at Euro 2016.

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