Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Fulham's American goalkeeper Kasey Keller will be out of action for up to four months after tearing his left bicep in training prior to Saturday's match against bottom dwellers Derby County.

"Keller has torn the left bicep in his arm," Fulham spokesman Carmelo Mifsud told YA. "The manager was expected to play him in the starting line up before he injured it prior to the game."

The former University of Portland star had made the move to Craven Cottage from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach after regular starter Antti Niemi started off the season injured.

"He is being assessed this week," continued Mifsud. "We will know more on Thursday, but surgery seems likely,"

Keller held the starting job from Niemi despite the Finn's return to fitness. Since joining the club he has yet to record a victory, though he did put in an outstanding performance to hold Chelsea scoreless in late September.

"These types of injuries usually last 3-4 months, we hope to have him as soon as possible because he has so much experience to bring to Fulham."

"Unfortunately we won't know more until later this week, but one thing for sure it's been a cruel blow for the club."

Keller, one of four Americans on the Fulham roster, joins compatriot Brian McBride on the long term shelf after the striker suffered knee and muscle injurries in the third match of the season.