Galaxy Notebook: Villarreal out six weeks, Birchall's status in question and more

Galaxy Notebook: Villarreal out six weeks, Birchall's status in question and more

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Galaxy Notebook: Villarreal out six weeks, Birchall's status in question and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy enjoyed a banner day on Wednesday, but it was by no means a perfect one. 

After signing forward Edson Buddle and acquiring midfielder Kyle Nakazawa in a deal from the Philadelphia Union, the Galaxy learned that homegrown signing Jose Villarreal will be out for six weeks. The youngster had missed several training sessions this week and now must undergo surgery to repair  bilateral lower-leg compartment syndrome, an aliment discovered by Galaxy staff that has bothered the youngster for some time. 

With the midfielder not expected to play major role in the upcoming season, the Galaxy were quick to correct the issue.

"[Villarreal] probably had this issue for awhile," head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm happy it has been identified and we can get him fixed up so hes headed in the right direction. He's still a young kid and we he'll be back on the field in the near future."

BIRCHALL'S STATUS UP IN THE AIR

One member of the Galaxy's 2011 squad, whose status is still uncertain is midfielder Chris Birchall.

The veteran midfielder left the club at season's end to pursue options in his native England after serving primarily as a reserve last season  making 23 appearances and scoring just one goal. However, the club believes that Birchall is currently seeking to return to Los Angeles, but with the Galaxy facing salary issues, a deal may not be feasible. 

GORENTZVAIG CUT FROM GALAXY CAMP

After making two additions on Wednesday, the Galaxy released Supplemental draft pick Yuri Gorentzvaig from camp. The Brazilian forward, who was on loan from Flamengo appeared in January's MLS Combine and was selected in the third round of the Supplemental draft. 

With two additions being made on Wednesday, the Galaxy expect that further roster moves will be made shortly. 

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