Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were both back in training with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday, buoying hopes that they will be ready to go for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls. Neither players has appeared in MLS action since Oct. 1.
Of the two, Donovan appears to be closer to full fitness as he has actually played for the Galaxy as recently as Oct. 20, logging 30 minutes against Montagua. As seems to be usual, Donovan has had a busy schedule this summer between the Galaxy and United States national team duties, and told MLSSoccer.com the time off may do him well.
"I feel great, actually," Donovan said on Thursday. "My body feels as good as it has since probably the first day of preseason sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. As painful as it is to have to watch, I’m eager to play, my fitness is good and hopefully I’ll be able to play a part on Sunday."
Keane's availability is a bit more of an open question. He strained his abductor while playing for the Ireland national team during a Euro qualifier on Oct. 8 and has not played at all since then.
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