Update 01/19 afternoon:
That was a close call.
The official statement today from Fulham FC.
“During the Blackburn Rovers fixture on Sunday 17 January, Clint Dempsey sustained moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee. Following the results of a scan, early indications are positive in that no operation is required. At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him from featuring for Fulham, prior to the end of the season.
Whilst obviously disappointed, Clint is focused on his rehabilitation and will work hard, in line with medical advice, to return at the soonest opportunity.”
This quote by Bob Bradley from US Soccer.com:
“The news about Clint’s injury is positive, especially given the fact that he will not require surgery,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We are confident that Clint will be ready to be an important part of our team during the World Cup.”
Not a vacation, but not surgery either.
Just had the exchange with TSG Contributor Chris over IM:
Chris: What do you think of the phrase ‘moderate ligament damage’ & ‘should be playing again before May?’
Update 01/18, afternoon: Bob Bradley’s quote on Clint Dempsey’s current predicament from US Soccer. Please click here as other publications have different versions.
Unconfirmed reports say a diagnosis is expected Tuesday–once their is something substantial or confirmed on timing or news, we’ll let you know.
Oh no! When will it end for the USMNT and their fanbase.
Clint Dempsey limped off the field today under his own power in the second half of Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Blackburn and went straight to the hospital.
The likely diagnosis is not good…as in “no South Africa” not good. (Reverse jinxing this here.)
Dempsey–who had smacked a bicycler of the cross bar and had a clinical turn and shot in the game–is feared to have torn his ACL according to Fulham Manager Roy Hodgson from the BBC.
Let me introduce you to the USMNT, the Clippers of World Cup soccer. Boo.