Galaxy captain Landon Donovan will not play in the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers with Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala because of a knee injury sustained in last Saturday's Major League Soccer game with Real Salt Lake.
Donovan was carried from the field on a stretcher in the 81st minute following a hard challenge from RSL's Jamison Olave. But Donovan later walked to the locker room without assistance and he felt so good the next day that he canceled a scheduled MRI and flew to Miami on Monday for the national team's camp.
However, further tests conducted Tuesday by the national team's medical staff determined Donovan's injury had not healed. He is expected to return to Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Midfielder Brek Shea of FC Dallas was also ruled out of the next two matches with an abdominal strain sustained last month.