CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy's troubles when Robbie Keane isn't on the field are well-documented, and it's a prospect they could face again this weekend after the Irish forward departed this past Saturday night's loss at Portland with a hip injury.
Keane, who has seven goals and eight assists in just a dozen league games this year, limped off in the 79th minute of LA's 2-1 defeat to the Timbers and was scheduled to undergo a scan early this week.
He wasn't present for the Galaxy's training session Tuesday morning at the StubHub Center, and head coach Bruce Arena acknowledged his availability for Saturday night's Western Conference clash with the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps is uncertain.
“We'll see how he moves along this week,” said Arena, who rarely offers any concrete information on injuries and provided none on Keane's, except to confirm the forward's hip was ailing.
Keane seemed to be favoring his left hip when he exited in Portland.
“I don't know [how bad it is], we'll have to see ...,” he told reporters afterward. “It's definitely a pull or something like that, because I tried to take off and just couldn't run.”
Keane has missed eight games this season, one in March with a calf strain, four in April and May with a sprained left ankle, and three in March and June while away with Ireland's national team. The Galaxy (9-8-3) are 2-5-1 and have been outscored, 15-7, in games in which he hasn't played.