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Americans Abroad

Lewis' recovery from hernia surgery suffers a setback.

Eddie Lewis
Eddie Lewis had hoped to return to the Preston North End lineup from hernia surgery within the next 10 days. Now, his immediate future is uncertain.
-- Preston North End web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Thursday, April 8, 2004) -- Things seem to have gone from bad to worse for United States midfielder Eddie Lewis.

Absent from the Preston North End lineup since having right-side hernia surgery March 16, Lewis started running this week, only to encounter a problem on his left side. Lewis will see a specialist to see another hernia surgery is necessary, but North End physician Andrew Balderston doesn't see fleet left flank player returning to action any time soon.

"The hernia operation on Eddie's right was a complete success and if that was the only problem, then he could have been back training with the first-team squad," Balderston told the club's web site. "However, he had complained of a problem on his left before this operation. We decided to wait and see if it was just a case of the left overcompensating for the problem on the right. We will have to see a specialist later this week now to check out the problem on the left and see what course of action to take."

PNE manager Craig Brown had hoped to have Lewis back as soon the April 17 game at Derby County in England's First Division. North End is currently 15-15-10 with 55 points, tied for 12th place in the 24-team league with six matches remaining.

Any chance of moving up to the Premier League seems to have slipped away. PNE trails sixth place, the lowest spot included in the promotion playoff, by eight points

Lewis, 29, has been a regular and a standout with the U.S. men under manager Bruce Arena, but any serious problem would likely jeopardize his selection for the Americans' first-round CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series against Grenada June 13 and 20.

Should the U.S. advance, it would begin the second round of qualifying August 18 against the winner of the first-round series between Jamaica and Haiti.

Lewis has missed the last five North End matches. Among one of his team's best players. Lewis started 25 of the 30 matches in which he played this season, scoring five goals. He also started two FA Cup matches for PNE.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes' managing editor. E-mail Gary Davidson.

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