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Omar Gonzalez still a few days off in knee injury recovery

The centerback is hoping to return to the field by the weekend.

George Frey

Omar Gonzalez is a little behind in his recovery from a knee injury, Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters on Tuesday, but there isn't too much concern. Gonzalez will be back to full speed soon, according to Grant Wahl.

Gonzalez injured his knee 11 days ago in a match for the LA Galaxy. He left that contest at halftime and while Bruce Arena said afterward that "will be fine," he was ruled out for 1-2 weeks. As of now, he's still on schedule, but he's only a few days away from the tail end of the original timeline.

If Gonzalez is fit by the weekend, or at least the end of the weekend, it won't be too much of a problem. Some of the players aren't reporting to training camp until Sunday so he won't have missed any full team training, but he will be coming off of two weeks of limited activity so his fitness may not be where it needs to be.

The centerback has done what he can to stay fit in the meantime, going to the Lakers practice facility to run on an anti-gravity treadmill, but he will be a bit behind. If he can play catchup quickly, he will be fine, but he can't afford to fall any more than a couple days behind. He is in a battle to keep his starting spot for the World Cup and needs to shine in camp, which means not just playing, but playing well.