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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.
joe4usa
Monday January 18, 2010 2:57 pm
If it is as bad as it could be, let's hope it is not, More reason for Bradley to get Jermaine Jones and Edu in so Benny F or Torres can be out there with good defensive midfeild behind them
Warren
Monday January 18, 2010 2:51 pm
Diego,

I know you weren't addressing me, but I'm totally with you.

Back in the day Harkes was good, but Dempsey's better, for club and nation. That is probably John's real problem with Clint. As for the fake fans repeating criticism of Clint, they are just shallow know-nothings.

Let's hope for the best!
Mick
Monday January 18, 2010 2:22 pm
Guys, if you believe in a football god pray to him tonight. Clint has been awesome for Fulham this season and Hogdson has made him a much better player. He is my tip to be the surprise player of the WC so fingers crossed its not as bad as predicted and he gets back for us before the seasons end and then leads USA to some World Cup glory.
Diego
Monday January 18, 2010 12:54 pm
This goes out to all (and only) those who hated on him when he was struggling to adjust from the quality of Fulham to the constantly changing and sometimes disorganized chaos of the USMNT. He, by FAR, was the most worked and traveled of all the USMNTeamers(which exhibits his commitment not laziness) and still got in his important assist and goals while enduring utter hatred from fake fans and John Harkes lovers. Careful what you wish for.
teejay
Monday January 18, 2010 12:51 pm
as usual we have to come thru a liitle adversity. But who'd a thought it would be so soon. Let's call in Freddy Adu. Not a joke .----
A Dawg
Monday January 18, 2010 12:40 pm
Lordy...let's hope it's not a tear. Without CD9 he's even that much more important.
Rico
Monday January 18, 2010 12:19 pm
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

I know a lot of people like to bitch about Dempsey, but we need him in the line-up!
Michael_D
Monday January 18, 2010 12:05 pm
Perfect. Just perfect.

Fingers crossed.
Ryan
Monday January 18, 2010 12:03 pm
Disaster.

I guess we'll hope for the best.
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