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Fulham and US star Clint Dempsey handed injury boost

Clint Dempsey
Dempsey has become an integral player for Fulham

Fulham and United States winger Clint Dempsey should be fit in time for the World Cup in South Africa after being told he does not need knee surgery.

The 26-year-old was injured against Blackburn but a scan showed only "moderate damage" to his knee ligament.

"Early indications are positive in that no operation is required," said a statement from Fulham.

"At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him playing prior to the end of the season."

The club's statement added: "Whilst obviously disappointed, Clint is focused on his rehabilitation and will work hard, in line with medical advice, to return at the soonest opportunity."

Dempsey has been a key player for Fulham this season, making 29 appearances and scoring seven goals, and before he was injured he hit the crossbar with a spectacular overhead kick.

He has played 44 times for the US, who face England on 12 June in Rustenberg in their opening game in Group C at the World Cup.

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"The news about Clint's injury is positive, especially given the fact that he will not require surgery," said US coach Bob Bradley.

"We are confident that Clint will be ready to be an important part of our team during the World Cup."

Fulham are already without top scorer Bobby Zamora, who suffered a collarbone injury earlier this month that will leave him out of action for several weeks, and defender John Pantsil, who has a knee injury.



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31 Dec 09 |  Fulham
Dempsey signs new Fulham contract
13 Aug 09 |  Fulham
Where the Premier League's players come from
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Fulham complete Dempsey transfer
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