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January 18, 2010
Knee injury shelves Dempsey

At the rate, starters on the U.S. National Team are falling by the wayside, the Americans will be fortunate to have a decent starting 11 come the World Cup in June.

The latest casualty was midfielder Clint Dempsey, who was to undergo an MRI exam yesterday. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson fears that Dempsey's injury could be his posterior cruciate knee ligament.

Dempsey, who earned the Bronze Ball for taking third place in the MVP voting at the FIFA Confederations Cup, injured his ACL in Fulham FC's 2-0 loss at Blackburn Sunday,

Dempsey will be sidelined for a while, which will be a major blow for the English Premier League team.

Depending on the severity of his injury, he could have plenty of time to recover and work himself back into shape for the U.S. National Team.

The former New England Revolution standout joins three key starters for the U.S. on the sidelined -- forward Charlie Davies, who is a longshot to perform in the World Cup after suffering multiple internal and external injuries as a passenger in a fatal car accident in October, and defender Oguchi Onyewu, who incurred a knee injury in the U.S.'s final World Cup qualifier in October.

The Americans open World Cup play against England in Rustenburg, South Africa June 11.

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