Clint Dempsey is expected to be fit to play in the World Cup after Fulham confirmed the USA midfielder’s knee injury is not as serious as first thought.
There were fears that Dempsey had suffered cruciate ligament damage during Fulham’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, but scans confirmed that he does not require surgery to fix the issue.
A Fulham statement read: “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.”
USA will open their World Cup campaign against England on 12th June before facing Slovenia and Algeria in Group C.