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In his long career, Landon Donovan has rarely been injured.
This is remarkable for two reasons.
Considering the incredible number of games and minutes he’s played over the years, it would make sense that Donovan would get injured from time to time.
But it is also amazing considering that both his club teams and the USMNT have been largely dependent on Donovan over his career, and that has meant that he is required to put in a game-changing effort every time he steps on the pitch.
However, Donovan is rarely out of the lineup for his club and, until the last year, rarely out of the lineup for the USMNT.
This season has been a different story.
Donovan has been picking up more knocks than usual and may be finally feeling the wear and tear of the many miles he has put on his legs.
Donovan had a semi-serious knee injury near the end of the MLS regular season, which kept him out of the USMNT’s October qualifiers and, despite recovering from that injury, was kept out of the lineup against Seattle on Sunday due to hamstring tightness.
With two weeks in between the conference final and the MLS Cup, Donovan should have time to recover for the game. If he doesn’t, LA will have a tough time winning the game.