By DAN KARELL
Following another knee operation that forced him out of the early part of the Bundesliga season and U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifiers, Steve Cherundolo is set rejoin first-team training with Hannover.
“Everything is going well,” Cherundolo told German publication Kicker. “I will be training again with the ball.”
The most recent knee surgery that the 34-year-old right back underwent occurred in mid-August, and was the third such surgery to his left knee in the calendar year. It’s left the Hannover captain sidelined, his last match for the club coming on May 18 in a 3-0 victory against Fortuna Dusseldorf.
The injuries have kept Cherundolo away from the USMNT since last October, missing every single CONCACAF Hexagonal World Cup qualifier. In his absence, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has gone with a right back by committee, with the likes of Brad Evans, Tony Beltran, Michael Parkhurst, Fabian Johnson, and Michael Orozco deputizing in place of Cherundolo.
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