Boyens does have good size and can be useful for depth purposes. He has only played four matches across competitions in 2012 and has no points. He has been out of action officially since May 18 when he was placed on the disabled list. He has not been taken off of the disabled list yet but was not limited in practice. After the training session, Boyens said, "I'm still not a hundred percent, but it feels great to be out with the team and feeling the grass under my feet again. [Rehab has] been good, you always feel like it's too slow as a player because you want to be back quicker, but it's important that you take the right steps and come back as strong and as fit as you are when you're ready."
When Boyens does finally return to full fitness, he'll have a tough time getting on the pitch. Reigning MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez has recently returned from ACL surgery and got in a match. The other members of the back line have started to develop chemistry over the last two months. While Boyens admits that he is weeks away from returning to action, he did say that he understands there will be competition. Boyens said, "... I still have a couple of weeks of training and getting my body back to full fitness before I worry about that stuff. But, it's nice to have people fit again and to have the competition for spots increasing. It makes the team better as a whole and as we progress into the second half of the season, that's going to happen."
Boyens has not played any MLS matches since March when he made back-to-back starts against D.C. United and New England. The Galaxy defeated D.C. United, 3-1, and lost to the Revolution, 3-1, in those matches. Boyens went the full 90 minutes in both matches. For his five-year MLS career, Boyens has played 70 matches (63 starts) and has two goals and one assist.
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Adam Serrano, "Seven weeks after sports hernia surgery, Andrew Boyens nears return to action", LAGalaxy.com
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