Hannover captain Cherundolo has knee surgery

Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo has undergone arthroscopic

surgery on his left knee.

Coach Mirko Slomka said Thursday the American defender, who

turns 34 on Feb. 19, had the operation a day earlier. Slomka did

not give a projection for the right back’s return.

Cherundolo has played 380 matches for Hannover, including 280 in

the Bundesliga. He has 15 appearances this season but none since

leaving a German Cup match against Borussia Dortmund on Dec. 19 in

the 66th minute.

Cherundolo missed the United States’ 2-1 loss at Honduras in

World Cup qualifier on Wednesday and was replaced in the starting

lineup by Nuremberg’s Timmy Chandler.