Cherundolo has arthroscopic surgery on left knee; his return is unknown.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
>(Tuesday, February 12, 2013) - United States defender Steve Cherundolo underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last Wednesday and it is unclear how long his rehabilitation will take.
Hannover 96 confirmed that Cherundolo, its captain, had undergone the procedure and it hopes to have him back in training in three weeks. Coach Mirko Slomka would not venture when Cherundolo, who turns 34 next Tuesday, will be back in the lineup.
Cherundolo missed Hannover's last three matches with knee pain. The exact nature of the problem has not been made public.
Cherundolo, who has played 380 matches for Hannover, including 280 in the German Bundesliga since joining the team in 1999, made 15 appearances this season, but has not played since departing his club's December 19 German Cup match against Borussia Dortmund in the 66th minute.
Cherundolo was sorely missed at right back Wednesday in the U.S. men's 2-1 loss to host Honduras to open the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. He has played his entire professional career for Hannover and has made 87 international appearances for the Americans. Before going to Hannover, he played two seasons at University of Portland.
In the Bundesliga, German-American defender Fabian Johnson went 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 1-0 loss to Hannover 96.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams played the final 12 minutes for Hoffenheim.
German-American Timmy Chandler, who replaced Cherundolo in the U.S. starting 11 aqgainst Honduras, went the distance Saturday for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went 90 minutes for FC Schalke 04 in a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst made his debut for FC Augsburg in a 1-1 draw with FSV Mainz 05. He came in just before the end of the first half and played the final 47 minutes, receiving a yellow card.
American goalkeeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen in its 3-3 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American striker Bobby Wood turned in a strong 90-minute effort, scoring one goal and assisting a second for 1860 Munich in a 3-1 victory over MSV Duisburg.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten played 90 minutes for SV Sandhausen in a 3-1 win over FC St. Pauli.
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play for St Pauli.
German-American defender John Anthony Brooks went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin, which played rival Union Berlin to a 2-2 draw Monday night.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales dressed but didn't play for Hertha.
With U.S. keeper Brad Guzan making clutch saves down the stretch, Aston Villa took a step out of the English Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 win over West Ham United.
Guzan made four saves, including two in injury time -- on a hard shot from Kevin Nolan and a powerful Carlton Cole header -- to preserve the triumph.
Guzan was only beaten on an own goal off defender Ashley Westwood's head in the 87th minute.
Villa, which won for the first time since December 15, climbed to 17th place, the first safe position at 5-12-9 with 24 points, one point ahead of Reading (5-13-8) with 12 matches remaining.
American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard made four saves, but was beaten twice in the first half and league-leading Manchester United recorded a 2-0 shutout of visiting Everton, which took a hit in its pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur for a berth in the next European Champions League.
In the first half, Ryan Giggs triggered a shot from the top of the penalty area to elude an outstretched Howard and clanged off the right post into the net.
Later, Robin van Persie was on a long run and went one-on-one with Howard, who came well out to meet him. Howard pushed him wide, but van Persie managed to find net from a sharp angle.
In other Premier League action, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey had a strong match for Tottenham Hotspur, which defeated Newcastle 2-1.
Gareth Bale scored both Spurs goals, but Dempsey was a constant threat and was twice denied by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.
American Brad Friedel was on the bench as Spurs backup keeper.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played the final seven minutes for Stoke City in its 2-1 win over Reading.
U.S. midfielder-defender Brek Shea is still waiting for his work permit and has not yet become eligible for Stoke.
In the second-division English League Championship, no Americans played this past weekend.
U.S. defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-1 decision over Burnley.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton.
American defender Zak Whitbread remains out for Leceister City with an injured calf.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector has an ailing thigh and is sidelined for Birmingham City, where defender Will Packwood's season is over with a broken leg.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United, which edged Stevenage 2-1.
American forward Mike Grella played the first hour for Scunthorpe United, a 2-1 winner over Crawley Town.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played the first 66 minutes for AS Roma in its 3-1 loss to Sampdoria.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore went the distance for AZ Alkmaar, receiving a yellow card, in its 3-1 loss to Feyenoord.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht in its 2-1 victory over Waasland-Beveren.
In Spain's La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga CF in its 2-1 win over Levante.
In the Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanega did not dress for Racing Santander in a 1-0 decision over Huesca.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 90 minutes for Bursaspor in a 3-0 whitewash of Kardemir Karaburk.
In Mexico, DaMarcus Beasley had quite a 10 minutes for Puebla, which defeated San Luis 3-1 in Liga MX.
With the score tied 1-1, Beasley entered in the 57th minute and scored twice and narrowly missed an assist in the game's closing moments, In the 82nd minute, he took a cross from Isaac Romo and scored with his right foot from the right corner of the six-yard box.
Six minutes later, Beasley made it 3-1, receiving a pass from Felix Borja and scoring with his right foot from the middle of the penalty area. Beasley also was issued a yellow card.
In the 90th minute, Beasley fed Borja, who missed just outside of the right post from just outside of the penalty area.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal went 90 minutes for Puebla.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played the first 78 minutes for Tigres UANL in a 4-1 triumph over Toluca.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez played 90 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 1-0 loss to Pachuca.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo played the first 57 minutes and midfielder Joe Corona the final 24 for Club Tijuana in a 2-1 loss to Club America.
American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Tijuana.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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