DONOVAN A DOUBT

Landon Donovan is a major injury doubt for the LA Galaxy, as they prepare to face New England Revolution. Landon Donovan has been one of the influential players for LA Galaxy over the past couple of years.

Even after the arrival of David Beckham, his importance with the team has not been decreased. Hence, LA Galaxy will face a major shortage of quality when they face New England Revolution on March 29. According to the manager of LA Galaxy Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan has been affected by an injury to the quadriceps. As a result, he did not take part in the training ahead of the match.

Landon Donovan has not been feeling well ever since returning from his loan spell at Everton. The match against New England Revolution will be taking place at the Home Depot Centre. Even though he is not been doing well after his return from England, Landon Donovan has been part of the LA Galaxy fixtures up until now.

Speaking about the injury, David Beckham said that he hopes to have Landon Donovan back into the team as soon as possible, as he sees him as a very important player if there to win matches. So far, Landon Donovan has one assist from the two matches he has played for LA Galaxy this season.

“He’s got a slight problem, but it’s not a big issue. We have to be careful with players and little niggles they pick up. I’ve spoke to him a couple of times and it’s just precaution that he’s pulling out training. If he’s not all right, we’ve got players who will step in and do the job. His health is the most important part,” Beckham said about the injury to Landon Donovan, who was once again impressive in his loan spell at Everton.

WHO SHOULD GET NUMBER 10

The debate regarding who is the best player for the United States of America national football team has been going on for the last two or three years now and the two contenders for the highly coveted shirt number 10, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are both deserving of the shirt but according to some of the critics, on current form and experience in the international circuit, Fulham striker Clint Dempsey deserves the shirt more than any other player in the United States national team, including Donovan.

It was only a few days back that Clint Dempsey was given the opportunity to pout on the shirt number 10 in the friendly match against Italy in the absence of Landon Donovan and the attacker showed that he is truly a world class player, having played in the English Premier League for almost 5 years now, with some scintillating forward balls that almost decimated the famous Italian defense. Football is a game that has given us some world famous number 10s including the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele, George Best, Zinedine Zidane and so many others.

The number 10 shirt is coveted and being able to wear it is a privilege for any player, especially if it is for the national team, where one has to earn the right to wear it and Clint Dempsey’s displays against Italy proved that he has more than done enough to earn the United States number 10 shirt on a permanent basis.

However, Landon Donovan is likely to return to the national team by the time the United States play their next international match and will be in line to reclaim the number 10 shirt but it is worth seeing if the manager denies him the chance and allow Dempsey to carry it on a permanent basis.