American Exports: Panic averted as Steve Cherundolo's latest knee surgery termed "small"

Steve Cherundolo with Hannover

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AMSTERDAM – Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo underwent a second minor cleanup knee surgery on Tuesday, which both player and club are hoping will add only minimal time to a recovery period that was previously expected to conclude by the end of August.

On Monday, several German reports suggested that the US international required a procedure that would keep him sidelined for a long stretch. However, Cherundolo's setback was merely a second attempt at maintenance following July's treatment of a joint effusion, commonly known as water on the knee.

"The very short operation was today," Reds press officer Alex Jacob told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday afternoon. "The doctor cut a small scar tissue. Stevie will be back soon."  

Cherundolo, who was originally injured during the first day of preseason training back in July, is entering the final year of his Hannover contract. Now the longest serving one-club man among active Bundesliga players, the 34-year-old will be taking part in his 16th season with Die Roten once he regains fitness.

Having split their first two games of the season, 10th-place Hannover will host Jermaine Jones and Schalke on Saturday.