29-year-old midfielder expected to be sidelined for approximately 8-12 weeks
COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew today announced that midfielder Perry Kitchen underwent successful back surgery for a herniated disc on Tuesday, August 16. The surgery was performed in Upper Arlington, Ohio, by Dr. Milan Herceg. Kitchen is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight to 12 weeks.
Kitchen joined the Crew as a free agent ahead of the 2021 season and has made five appearances for the Black & Gold. Selected in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Kitchen spent the first five seasons of his professional career with D.C. United. The midfielder then moved to Europe, representing Randers FC in 2017 and Heart of Midlothian FC from 2016-2017. Kitchen returned to MLS in 2018 when he signed with the LA Galaxy where he made 60 regular-season appearances from 2018-2020.
The Black & Gold return to Lower.com Field for a nationally televised rematch of the 2020 MLS Cup against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, August 21 [5:30 p.m. ET / FOX, FOX Sports (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)].