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DAVID SMITH - Monday, January 18, 2010
Fulham are awaiting evaluation of Clint Dempsey's suspected knee ligament damage and hope to have a prognosis by Tuesday.

Dempsey limped off the field in Fulham's 2-0 loss to Blackburn on Sunday afternoon after approximately one hour of play, with coach Roy Hodgson admitting fear of a potentially critical injury to his posterior cruciate ligament following the game.

The team confirmed that the midfielder has undergone scans today, however are awaiting the evaluation of team doctors before making any announcement of the injury's severity.

"There's nothing to say about Clint currently," Fulham communications chief Sarah Brookes confirmed. "He's undergoing medical assessment and until we have any prognosis that comes from our medical experts we will not be making any comment."

The worst case of a PCL rupture would potentially rule Dempsey out for the rest of the Premier League season as well as put his participation in this summer's World Cup in doubt, leaving team officials and fans alike waiting with bated breath and hoping for a more encouraging outcome.

"I would imagine that we will know more [Tuesday]," Brookes continues, "but as I said the results from the scan will be looked at by a number of experts to make sure that Clint undergoes the correct treatment and to get him back as soon as possible."

"But other than that there is nothing else to say."

The Cottagers have off until Saturday when they visit the winner of Tuesday's Accrington Stanley versus Gillingham game in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Steve A
Tuesday January 19, 2010 7:08 am
Well said sudzy- Who will step to the light? Perhaps the Honduras friendly will provide a glimmer of hope. I will have my fingers and toes crossed waiting for info from the UK and they will still be crossed on Saturday when the USMNT play. I will likely be a pretzel by the WC.
phil
Monday January 18, 2010 11:43 pm
teejay, you are perpetuating a negative stereotype of US soccer fans. please stop talking.
sudzy
Monday January 18, 2010 8:28 pm
The fates are most unkind . Who will lead us during these dark times? This situation spells opportunity, but for whom?
ICEMANofALFRED
Monday January 18, 2010 5:55 pm
Well this is something that seems always to happen a few months before the World Cup... we lose a starter...or at least have one become less than 100 percent. With Kenny Cooper injured, Charlie Davies certainly not able to play and the powers that be ready to lock out the MLS players...which would almost certainly lead to a strike, we're in real trouble trying to find any strikers ready to play at the World Cup. Altidore just isn't getting the required playing time at Hull City, and if the MLS starts up late... were will that leave players like Robbie Findley?

While Onyewu might START to train in another month or two, he's not likely to see any first team action with AC Milan, and coming off an injury I strongly doubt that he'll be loaned out either... so we're looking at a light group of players up top and some questions in the central D as well. This just is NOT a good thing.

While I thought Dempsey's play out wide on the right, was just not very good last year... when Bradley let him loose near the goal... he was just about our only player who could put a shot on target... if he does miss the next several months, will he be able to play as well as he has been for Fulham? With our strikers looking rather weak, it would have made sense to play Clint up top...now, who knows what we'll have... this is just very bad timing, reminds me of John O'Brien, Chris Armas, Kasey Keller etc.
barry
Monday January 18, 2010 4:59 pm
Hi,a line from England, if want to know how much Clint Dempsey is loved at Fulham look on the TIFF site,the best FFC forum.
LEE SHELLEY UK
Monday January 18, 2010 4:20 pm
micks right........pray for demps....davis ,gooch,now demps,on our day we could get a draw with england in that operning wc game,THERE LAUGHING(BRITS SO HARD AT US) IVE HAD 5-0 6-0 BEING SHOUTED AT ME ALL DAY,we need demps n gooch fit for us,pray for them to players,
Jeff
Monday January 18, 2010 4:19 pm
so who now moves up front with Altidore? Eddie Johnson? Adu just gets pushed around too much. Connor Casey seems about 3 doughnuts too slow and Ching all heart and not enough skill. Are we going to have to play Lando behind the lone striker? sheesh, am i missing someone? This stinks.
Harris
Monday January 18, 2010 4:15 pm
Jesus. Thats three of our top four players from the confed cup in doubt. Lest just keep our fingers crossed that Landon keeps his good run of form up and plays better that he ever has cause the way its looking now we are going to need him to.
Dick
Monday January 18, 2010 3:19 pm
@diego So not liking Clint Dempsey makes you a fake fan? The guy is way overrated.

Our team is collapsing with onyewu and davies and now dempsey. This isn't good.
Nick R
Monday January 18, 2010 3:03 pm
I've searched the fulham sites but does anyone have any idea how we can show our support to these guys? (Demps, Davies) We shouldn't have him feel lonely in these desperate times.
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