Onyewu is training with Milan without restrictions.
The towering defender hasn't played since tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee during national team duty in October. Onyewu had been alternating training on his own and with the team, but now will rejoin usual training sessions.
“The kid is back! Normal training from here on out, no restrictions,” Onyewu said via Twitter.
Milan coach Leonardo started rightback Massimo Oddo in the heart of defense against Palermo last weekend with a slate of injuries decimating his roster's depth at that position. Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, and Giuseppe Favalli all missed out with injury and Daniele Bonera was suspended. The situation was so dire, Milan even approached retired Paolo Maldini, 41, about donning his boots once again.
Even given the dearth of options at Milan, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley is cautious about Onyewu's chances.
"Our expectation is that it may be hard for him at the end of the year to get back into the team there, play games, but certainly good news just in terms of regular training," Bradley told the Associated Press.
Bradley will name a 30-man roster on May 11 which will train in Princeton, N.J., four days later. Onyewu's World Cup chances likely rest on regaining full fitness in time for a call-up by then.
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