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Clint Dempsey suffers serious knee injury

American soccer was dealt a blow yesterday when Clint Dempsey left an English Premier League game with a serious knee injury.

The forward, who plays for Fulham, is expected to miss an extended period of time.

“Clint will be scanned tomorrow, but we feel it might be a posterior

cruciate knee ligament, which would be very bad for us and he would be

out for a while,” Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said. “It’s a concern up

front because Clint Dempsey is very useful for us.”

U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said the U.S. Soccer

Federation training staff had been in contact with Dempsey, and the

severity of the injury will not been known until after an MRI exam

determines the exact ligament hurt and whether there is other damage.

The U.S.’ World Cup opener is June 12 against England. They are already expected to be without Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu won’t return until the spring.