January 19, 2010
No surgery for Dempsey, who is expected to return to Fulham by season's end
U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey will not require surgery on an injured knee, according to a statement from Fulham Football Club following an MRI evaluation Tuesday.
Dempsey suffered moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee during Fulham’s 2-0 loss on Jan. 17 at Blackburn. The club expects Dempsey to be back in action prior to the end of the season.
“The news about Clint's injury is positive, especially given the fact that he will not require surgery,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “We are confident that Clint will be ready to be an important part of our team during the World Cup."
The U.S. team medical staff has been in contact with Fulham on a daily basis, and will continue to monitor his progress in the coming months.