Fulham's Clinton Dempsey (left) celebrates scoring their second goal with team mate Damien Duff (right). - Tuesday January 5, 10:12 PM Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Fulham - Britannia Stadium (via http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05012010/8/photo/fulham-clinton-dempsey-celebrates-scoring-second-goal-team-m.html)

Dempsey Injures Knee Ligament Knee, Expected To Return By End Of EPL Season

U.S. striker Clint Dempsey suffered 'moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee' in a match over the weekend playing for Fulham in the EPL, but no surgery is required.

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Dempsey Suffers 'Moderate Damage,' No Surgery Required

According to Fulham's official club site, Clint Dempsey suffered "moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee." Which is vague ... excuse me, "cheeky." But what is clear is that surgery is not required, and better yet, Dempsey is not expected to even miss the entire Premier League season. 

After the weekend's scare and subsequent gloom and doom, this has to be considered a best case scenario for American soccer heading into this summer's World Cup. 

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