Robbie Keane is back in light training with club LA Galaxy following surgery on his Achilles tendons and says he’ll be ready well before the MLS opener against Real Salt Lake on March 8.
Ireland’s record goalscorer has not returned to full training just yet but has been working on strength in his native Dublin in recent weeks.
“It’s been going very well,” Keane told mlssoccer,.com at LA Galaxy’s first media day of the year. “The operations [were] successful … they feel OK. The last six weeks, I’ve done a lot of rehab with the Irish [national team] trainer – swimming pool, out running and stuff like that, strength work on the Achilles.”
“I did three jogs last week and one today. So so far, so good. A little bit last week with the ball. The trainers want to be extra cautious. I’ll maybe have a few days on my own and build up from there.”
The captain of both club and country took LA’s longer close-season, after failure to make the play-offs, to finally sort out his troubling Achilles injuries. Surgery took place last November and Keane also took the time to begin his coaching qualifications in Ireland.
The Tallaghtman will be joined in the Galaxy attack this season by two new forward players, Canadian Rob Friend and 22-year-old Brazilian Samuel, on loan from Fluminense, but Ireland’s record caps holder welcomes the competition.
“They’re going to take the pressure off myself and Landon [Donovan], [if he] plays there, or whoever. They’re two big, strong guys. I haven’t seen too much of them – I’ve seen a few clips – and they look good, and they look strong, so that’s only going to help us.”
Keane is confident he will be ready for LA’s season opener against Real Salt Lake, with an international friendly against Serbia taking place three days before, though it’s unclear if new boss Martin O’Neill will ask his skipper to make the trip across the Atlantic. The Galaxy will be among the favourites to challenge for the MLS title again this season, according to tipster resources.
“I’ll be back well before [then],” Keane said. “If I really wanted, I could probably train now, but we have to be careful and make sure this doesn’t occur again. So far, it feels good and feels strong, and it’s just nice to get up in the morning and not take an hour to walk to the bathroom.”