Steven Cherundolo has not given up on representing the United States at the 2014 World Cup, despite only playing five games this year.
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Cherundolo, 34, is the longest serving Bundesliga player at any club having been with Hannover since 1999, making 300 appearances. However, ongoing knee problems which have required him to undergo surgery three times has cast doubt over his participation for the U.S. in Brazil.
Following his third surgery in August, Hannover sporting director Dirk Duffner said that “no one could guarantee” Cherundolo’s return to the pitch.
But Cherundolo, who has appeared for the U.S. 87 times, is confident he can make a successful return to fight for his place in Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.
“I am certain I will come back,” Cherundolo told Sport Bild. “I know my body and have always been an ambitious person, who reaches his goals.”
The right-back said he could not give an exact return date, adding that he wasn’t keen to set a target for when he would like to make a comeback.
“As soon as possible and as slow as needed,” he said. “I don’t like to set time frames I might not be able to keep.”
Cherundolo has participated in the last three World Cups and says that he will keep going until the last minute to achieve his goal of appearing in a fourth.
“Klinsmann is always up to date. That just shows how much cares,” Cherundolo said.
“I will fight until the last minute. Only when the squad list for Brazil 2014 is released and my name is not on there, I will have not reached my last goal as a professional. Until then, I will give it my all.”