Donovan shakes off knee injury to make U.S. roster

Landon Donovan's injured knee improved enough for the L.A. Galaxy captain to skip a scheduled MRI and join the rest of his American teammates in Miami.
Landon Donovan's left knee recovered sufficiently in the past two days for the L.A. Galaxy captain to fly to Miami Monday to link up with the U.S. national team camp ahead of the upcoming pair of World Cup qualifiers.

A challenge by Jamison Olave toward the end of the match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday saw Donovan stretchered off the field. The 30-year-old shook off the injury in the last day, though and was deemed well enough to skip an MRI on Monday and join up with Jurgen Klinsmann's side instead.

"He was supposed to do an MRI this morning in L.A. and he skipped it, because it improved a lot yesterday during the day," Klinsmann said. "First thing he comes in here now this afternoon, and we will check him out. As he said to us, the reason why he's on the plane is that it looks really good."

The United States will play the final two games in the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this week, first on the road against Antigua and Barbuda and then at home against Guatemala. Tied in Group A with Guatemala and Jamaica with seven points, the Yanks likely need four points from the remaining two matches to progress to the Hexagonal.

Klinsmann is pleased Donovan, the USA's all-time leading scorer, is available.

"We're happy that Landon is part of these two games, [that] he's there," Klinsmann said. "He kind of shook off that knee issue that he experienced there on Saturday night, so he's ready to go. If he plays wide or he comes through the middle, as long as we create chances and we score goals it's all fine with me."

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