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Cherundolo has third knee surgery, but should return soon; Boyd is out.

By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Thursday, August 22, 2013) -- The news was not all bad for veteran United States defender Steve Cherundolo, who underwent a second surgery Tuesday to clean up his left knee, his third arthroscopic procedure he’s had since originally injuring his knee on the first day of training in July for Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga.

Despite reports in the German media saying Cherundolo, 34, would be out for an extended period of time, the team now believes his recovery will not last much longer than his original return target of the end of August.

The July operation was for joint effusion, or pain and swelling in his knee. "The very short operation was today," Hannover press officer Alex Jacob told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. "The doctor cut a small scar tissue. Stevie will be back soon."

Cherundolo, who has been a U.S. fixture at right back with 87 international appearances since his 1999 debut, missed the 2002 World Cup with a knee injury suffered while in South Korea, and was a starter in the 2006 and 2010 Cups. He has not played in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying

A veteran of 16 years with Die Roten, he earned the nickname “Mayor of Hannover.” He leads all active Bundesliga players with his continual service to one team. He 300 league appearances are a club record.

German-American forward Terrence Boyd is expected to miss three weeks with a dislocated shoulder suffered in his time with the U.S. men.

Boyd, 22, is off to a strong start with his new club, SK Rapid Wien of the Austrian Bundesliga, with three goals and two assists in all competitions. The club announced the injury on its web site.

Boyd suffered the injury in a practice session for the American men prior to their exciting 4-3 come-from-behind triumph August 14 over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

"Terrence said it happened in (U.S.) training," Rapid press officer Peter Klinglmüller told MLSsoccer.com. "We think he will be fit again in two-to-three weeks."

Boyd has represented the U.S. twice in 2013, but has not played in any World Cup qualifiers. He’s in jeopardy of missing two important upcoming qualifiers -- a road trip September 6 to Costa Rica and a September 10 meeting with Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.

Boyd was absent for Rapid's 2-0 road loss Sunday to FC Trenkwalder Admira.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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