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Dempsey Suffers 'Moderate' Damage

USA midfielder Clint Dempsey suffered "moderate damage" to a ligament in his right knee and will not require surgery, Fulham officials announced Tuesday evening.

Dempsey, a key element in the American effort and Fulham's most impressive player this season, was hurt over the weekend, raising fears that he would miss the World Cup. However, in a release posted on its Web site, the club said that "early indications are positive in that no operation is required. At this stage, it is thought that the injury will not prevent him from featuring for Fulham, prior to the end of the season."

Lyle Yorks, Dempsey's agent, told the Insider: "The results [of the scans] show that he will be back playing for Fulham this season ahead of the World Cup. The nature of the injury is not as serious as it was reported after the Blackburn game."

Added USA Coach Bob Bradley: "We are confident that Clint will be ready to be an important part of our team during the World Cup."

The U.S. medical staff has been in daily contact with Fulham and will monitor his progress in the coming months, the USSF said in a news release.

Meantime, Coach Bob Bradley has headed to Goodison Park in Liverpool to personally bubble-wrap Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.

In other USA news, Ricardo Clark is close to signing with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany and Stuart Holden continues his European search after failing to secure a contract at Bolton.

Yorks also represents Clark and said that they are "in Frankfurt finalizing a move."

By Steve Goff  |  January 19, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  
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Steve, any idea which ligament?

Posted by: DCity | January 19, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Clint, heal. Best wishes. Congrats to Rico, and why am I not surprised about Stu?

Posted by: freeholdsouth | January 19, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

That is the sound of every American fan breathing a sigh of relief.

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | January 19, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

@DCity: every single report on Dempsey points to his PCL.
It's good to hear he probably won't kneed surgery...
Get well soon Clint, but for goodness sake go easy man!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Praise whatever deity gave us the edge on this one. Hope springs eternal.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I think England was trying to injure Clint.

Look out Landon! Tim!

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Kneed" is short for "need knee"? I like it.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 19, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Great googly moogly!

Get the boy into physiscal therapy. Rest. PT. Rest. Light training. Rest.

Posted by: delantero | January 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Big sigh of relief about Dempsey.

I think that Clark could do pretty well in the Bundesliga. It seems to me that most players there have to cover a lot of ground no matter what position they play. I feel like he'll also win over the fans quickly if he can manage one of his typical rockets from outside the box early in his time there.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Chest, is that you? Your thoughts in 1 succinct paragraph?? If you're in trouble, try sending a tweet....

Posted by: JkR- | January 19, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Looking on the bright side of life...perhaps this will be just the rest he needs to be fresh and ready to go come June, rather than tired after playing continuously since God-knows-when?

Posted by: patricktmetz | January 19, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hope Clark does well at Eintracht Frankfurt. I followed the club extensively during '73-'74 but have lost track of them since; think they were relegated at one point. But that may be a decade or two old at this point. Anyway, good luck to Clark and the club.

Posted by: Curious99 | January 19, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I hope I'm not completely blowing up the spot, but maybe Chest is entering a new phase of his literary voyage?
Liking what I've seen so far... keep it up fellas!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Chest, is that you? Your thoughts in 1 succinct paragraph?? If you're in trouble, try sending a tweet....Posted by: JkR-

Maybe he's hypoglycemic. Get him some sugar . . . or maybe writer's cramp?

Posted by: delantero | January 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Stuart should be talking to teams in Holland... it worked for Bradley Jr.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 19, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Wish I was talking to teams in Holland... Anyone going to the friendly in Amsterdam in March? What a trip...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Great news all around, Dempsey, Clark, and hopefully Holden can land in Sporting Braga if the rumors hold any truth.

Posted by: wanker82 | January 20, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I know this is off topic, but I just read that DCU also swapped allocation picks with Philly in order to get Perkins. They did not receive Philly's pick outright. Therefore Philly is now in the market to get Orozco. To me this shows how lopsided of a deal the trade for Perkins was.

Posted by: no_recess | January 20, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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