Saturday 22 October 2016

Robbie Keane grabs a hat-trick on LA Galaxy return

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane

LA GALAXY boss Bruce Arena is delighted to see Robbie Keane dust off the cobwebs and get back to the business of scoring goals.

Keane, who has been battling with a groin injury in recent months, had not scored in his previous eight games for Galaxy and also failed to find the net when he played in last week's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

But the Ireland captain (right) scored a hat-trick for Galaxy in a 6-1 win over amateur side PSA Elite in a midweek cup tie, a boost for Arena.

"It was good to get him back on the field again and get some minutes in. We're still moving him forward and trying to get him back into form," said Arena after Keane delivered three goals in that 6-1 win.

"So this was a good exercise for him. I think people that score goals, or baskets, or whatever in any sport, you need to have confidence that you can do it.

"So anytime you have a positive performance in those areas, it's helpful. So I think he'll feel good about getting on the field next time, and be able to score goals. He needs to play, he only played 15 minutes with Ireland on Saturday I think, and he was gone for the week so he is a little behind.

"We just have to push the minutes on him. They weren't hard minutes, but they are still good minutes to push him forward."

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