Landon Donovan believes recent injuries have had a negative effect on his relationship with the US national team.
The LA Galaxy star has suited up for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side just once since August and he admits those injuries have certainly taken their toll on his role within the squad.
"It's probably affected my relationship with everybody on that team," Donovan told ESPN.
"When you're a guy who's never been hurt for the most part and then all of a sudden you have all these injuries, I think people start to question it. 'Maybe he's faking it, or maybe he's not really hurt or maybe he doesn’t want to come in.'
"That's really frustrating and, candidly, it's pretty hurtful."
Donovan has been included in Klinsmann’s squad for the friendly with Russia on November 14 but the attacking midfielder will only play if the Galaxy are not still alive in the MLS playoffs.