Clint Dempsey Injures Knee in Fulham Loss
As of Sunday afternoon (U.S. time) very little facts about the injury are concrete. For one, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson himself wasn't sure in his post-match press conference which knee Dempsey had hurt. Hodgson speculated it was cruciate damage and that the Texan could be, "out a while." (Granted, Hodgson is a solid manager but doesn't exactly hold a medical degree.)
What is known is that Dempsey was taken to a hospital to get the knee scanned to determine the extent of the injury. Hodgson also said that Dempsey will get the scan on Monday and speculated it could be a PCL tear.
At the very least Dempsey will probably miss a few games, which is a blow to Fulham since he's been the clubs most consistent performer this season including a recent "Goal of the Year" caliber score earlier this month. Beyond that, it's a wait-and-see approach.
If Dempsey did in fact tear ligaments he'll likely be out for the World Cup in June. This would be a tremendous blow for the U.S., as Bob Bradley's squad has already seen Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu get injured and put their status for South Africa in extreme doubt.
Right now fans of the U.S. team need to hope that the injury to Dempsey's knee is nothing more than a sprain, or something that can be repaired in time for the World Cup.
Until there is some concrete facts, most U.S. fans, are likely bracing for the worst until the results from Monday's scan are released.