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Landon Donovan ruled ineligible, returns home

Landon Donovan will return to Los Angeles tonight after being ruled out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with a knee injury. Donovan traveled to Miami to join up with the United States National Team on Monday and was evaluated by US Soccer medical staff Tuesday Morning.

Donovan was originally scheduled to have an MRI done Monday, but after feeling much better decided to go straight to Miami. AP later reported that once evaluated by US Soccer staff it was decided he should have a precautionary MRI anyway. What was found on that MRI is still unknown.

Landon Donovan suffered the injury late in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. He left a divot in the grass after getting knocked down hard on his left knee. Donovan will be re-evaluated by club doctors after he returns to Los Angeles.

Donovan wasn't the only one ruled ineligible for the weekend's qualifiers. Brek Shea was also ruled out, and replacements are not expected for either player. 10 of the 24 players in camp missed this morning's practice, either due to jet lag or minor injuries, according to the AP report.