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Sporting keeper Kronberg sidelined with sports-hernia surgery

Yesterday, Sporting Kansas City released the news that back-up goalkeeper Eric Kronberg will undergo sports hernia surgery next week in Los Angeles. He's expected to miss eight weeks while recovering.

He's the third KC player to require this surgery -- Omar Bravo went down in April, Davy Arnaud in July. Both took 6-to-8 weeks to recover. Kronberg, 28, allowed five goals in four appearances in 2011, his sixth MLS season, and is the second-longest tenured player on Sporting Kansas City’s roster after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. The Santa Rosa, Calif. native posted 10 saves this season and recorded his first career MLS shutout in a scoreless draw at Toronto. Kronberg also started eight MLS Reserve League matches in 2011, recording three shutouts with 11 goals allowed. Kronberg has suffered from the lingering injury since June and is expected to return to training by the start of the 2012 preseason.

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