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June 6, 2011
Donovan says he will play on Tuesday

DETROIT — Landon Donovan says he will be back for the U.S.’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Canada on Tuesday.

Donovan, who missed the U.S.’s 4-0 loss to World Cup champion Spain will an illness on Saturday, worked out with the U.S. National Team at the Detroit Lions training complex on Sunday.

Donovan is expected to be ready for the Americans’ opening match vs. Canada at Ford Field on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

“I’m feeling better,” Donovan told reporters after practice. “I haven’t properly trained in a few days, so today was a little more difficult than a normal training session. I was breathing pretty hard, but I feel good, and I would expect I’ll be fine by Tuesday.”

The U.S. is expected to replace injured midfielder Benny Feilhaber with Alejandro Bedoya on Monday. Bedoya played in the 4-0 loss to Spain in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday.

Feilhaber scored the game-winning goal that lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup championship game in Chicago. That goal and win gave the U.S. an opportunity to play in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the Americans surprised Spain in the semifinals and finished second to Brazil.

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