Keller will miss 3-4 months after injuring arm in Friday practice.
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
| Kasey Keller had become the Fulham starter, but now will miss at least three months with a biceps injury
-- Borussia Mönchengladbach web site photo --
(Wednesday, October 24, 2007) -- American Kasey Keller, who had established himself as Fulham's starting goalkeeper in recent weeks, admitted to being "devastated" after finding out he would miss at least three, and possibly as much as four months of the English Premier League season with an arm injury.
Keller, 37, damaged his left biceps in a Friday training session and it is being determined whether he will require surgery.
"I feel absolutely destroyed, devastated," Keller told the Daily Miror. "It's hugely disappointing because things were going so well and then this comes along and now I have to start all over again. I just wanted to make my name here and I was doing that until I suffered this cruel injury."
Keller returned to the Premier League after spending the last two seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Bundesliga when he signed with Fulham August 23. Brought in ostensibly as the backup for Tony Warner when the normal No, 1 keeper Antti Niemi began the season injured, Keller was starting in goal by the first game after his signing.
After Niemi returned, Keller went to the bench briefly, but then earned the starting job. He was in net for the last four matches, three Premier League outings and one in the Carling Cup.
Keller has played abroad longer than any other American, first joining Millwall in England in 1992. He also played for three other English clubs, as well as working in Spain and Germany.
Keller is one of four Americans on the Fulham roster and joins his former U.S. teammate Brian McBride on the sideline for an extended period of time. McBride is expected to be out until after Christmas after undergoing knee surgery. In a freak occurrence, McBride dislocated his left patella while scoring Fulham's opening goal in a 2-1 loss August 18 to Middlesbrough.
After being named the Cottagers' "Most Valuable Player" for the 2006-07 season, McBride was made captain. After his injury, fellow American defender Carlos Bocanegra was given that honor. The last member of the U.S. contingent is midfielder Clint Dempsey, who has excelled in his first full season in the EPL.
At 1-4-5, Fulham is tied for 13th place, one of five EPL teams with eight points and only one point above the relegation zone.
Joyce joins DeMerit on Watford
| Watford is the latest stop in Ian Joyce's search for a job in England.
-- Watford FC web site photo --
Watford, which employs U.S. defender Jay DeMerit, signed American goalkeeper Ian Joyce to a non-professional contract after a one-week trial with the Hornets of the second-tier English League Championship.
Joyce, 22, who is not eligible to play until January, ostensibly will have his contract situation revisited at that time. Hailing from Kinnelon, N.J., Joyce also had a recent trial with Millwall of the League Championship.
Watford, which spent 2006-07 in the Premier League, is 9-1-2 with 29 points and leads the league by nine points.
Joyce signed with Gray's Athletic of the fifth-level Nationwide Conference in February 2007 and suited up for several matches without ever playing.
In a four-year career at Seton Hall, ending in 2006, Joyce played 34 times, posting a 1.30 goal against average and 19-10-4 record with nine shutouts.
Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.
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