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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Injured Donovan, Shea sent home

Landon Donovan and Brek Shea were sent home from the U.S. training camp in Miami after team doctors determined their injuries were more serious than anticipated. They were both ruled out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Antigua on Friday and against Guatemala in Kansas City on Tuesday.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said no immediate replacements will be added to the roster.

Donovan suffered a knee injury in the LA Galaxy's 2-1 loss on Saturday night. He will return to Los Angeles tonight and be seen by team doctors. He felt much better on Monday and Klinsmann said Tuesday morning he expected Donovan to play, but Dr. Dan Kalbac, the team's Miami-based physician, examined him and suggested he be kept out. 

Shea entered camp with an abdominal strain and will be treated in Dallas. 

"It's unfortunate for Landon and Brek that they won't be able to play," said Klinsmann. "Landon was very optimistic over the weekend when his knee was feeling much better, but now he needs time to recover. We knew Brek was a question mark coming in, and now we have a clear picture of where he stands. We feel confident that the group we have will get the job done."

Notes from US practice...

Just back from US national team practice at FIU. Half the team was on the field under the sweltering sun, the other half worked out in the gym. Among those missing was Landon Donovan, who was having his injured left knee examined by Miami-based team doctor, Dr. Dan Kalbac. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he doesn't think it's serious and fitness-wise feels Donovan could go "two 90 minutes'' against Antigua and Guatemala in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Michael Bradley was back on the field after missing the past two games with injuries. Klinsmann said he is happy to have "team leaders'' Donovan and Bradley back because they help everyone around them.

One of the happiest players in camp was forward Eddie Johnson, who has resurrected his career with the Seattle Sounders after struggles in Europe. He hadn't been with the national team since before the 2010 World Cup, and is thrilled to get a second chance.

With Jozy Altidore left off the roster for the first time in 17 World Cup qualifiers, Johnson will get a chance to prove himself.

The U.S. team will have a closed training session in Miami on Wednesday and fly to Antigua on Thursday. The game is Friday at 7 p.m.

Do you think Klinsmann made the right choice leaving Altidore off the roster? Share your views.