Beasley to consult U.S. doctors before knee surgery.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, December 5, 2007) -- United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is in the United States to have his injured left knee examined by the U.S. national-team medical staff.
Following an MRI exam, Scottish power Glasgow Rangers, Beasley's club, are convinced the slight 25-year-old has damaged ligaments which will require surgery, very possibly ending his 2007-08 Premier League season
"It's not a cruciate injury, he doesn't have to have reconstructive surgery done or anything like that," Rangers manager Walter Smith told The Scotsman. "But it's a couple of ligaments at the side of the knee which need to be operated on. You are looking at a three-to-four-month recovery period after the operation and the awkward part is he would be coming back towards the end of the season. Sometimes you have to balance whether it's worth it or not. The worst case scenario is that we can discount him for the rest of the season."
Beasley came to Rangers in June from PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands for a transfer fee in the neighborhood of $1.4 million. He spent last season on loan to Manchester City of the English Premier League
Beasley quickly established himself with Rangers as an important contributor on the left flank, scoring four goals in 19 appearances. However, on November 27, he had an accidental goal-mouth collision with host VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Raphael Schafer during a 3-2 setback in a European Champions League group match at Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium.
"It's a blow because he has been playing well for us," Smith said. "Sometimes players coming into our league can take a while to settle down and DaMarcus was just getting to the stage where he was starting to make a good contribution for us. It's disappointing for both DaMarcus and for us. . .
"It's a bigger blow to him in the sense that no player wants to be out for what could be a considerable length of time, but for us he was settling in and starting to do well. He has a bit of pace in the wider areas of the pitch, so we'll miss him."
Should Beasley have surgery, as expected, it will likely be performed by Bert Mandelbaum in Los Angeles. The full extent of his injury might not be clear until after the surgery.
Adu makes late appearance for Benfica
On Saturday. U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu came off the bench, as usual, for Benfica which lost to rival FC Porto in the Portugese Liga bwin 1-0. Adu entered in the 79th minute, but despite working himself into a dangerous position, he could not put away a late equalizer.
Adu did not play in Benfica's 2-1 Champions League victory yesterday over Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk
Dempsey does little in Fulham loss
In Monday night's featured English Premier League match, Fulham could not handle Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a goal in each half to lift Manchester United to a victory.
American Clint Dempsey started for Fulham, but was ineffective in the midfield and came off in the 64th minute. U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra, who has not started in the last several matches, was again on the bench.
Reading continued its bad habit of giving up late goals and drew with Middlesbrough 1-1 after losing the lead in the 83rd minute.
U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey started on the right side and went 77 minutes until being replaced by a more defensive midfielder. American Marcus Hahnemann had a strong match in goal with 10 saves, but could not stop Tuncay Sanli's sharply-struck header.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came on as a reserve in the 79th minute for West Ham United in a 1-0 road loss to Chelsea. Three minutes earlier, Joe Cole scored the game winner.
Coming off a 7-1 victory over Sunderland, Everton couldn't find the net and drew 0-0 with Portsmouth. U.S. keeper Tim Howard had seven saves for Everton as he kept a clean sheet to preserve the draw.
Howard also posted a shutout tonight in the Toffees' 1-0 triumph over Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Cup.
American midfielders Eddie Lewis and Benny Feilhaber dressed, but did not play for Derby County in a 1-0 setback to Sunderland on Anthony Stokes' stoppage time goal.
Cherundolo starts again for Hannover
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo started as usual for Hannover 96, which rallied late for a 3-0 decision over Hansa Rostock.
U.S. defender Heath Pearce came on the left side for Rostock at halftime and was in good position to score in the 58th minute, but could not get his foot on the ball as he looked at an empty net. Six minutes later, Pearce was stopped on a good save by Robert Enke.
Hannover finally broke through in the 84th minute and added two more goals in the next three minutes.
Bradley starts in Heerenveen victory
In the Eredivisie of the Netherlands, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went 90 minutes for Heerenveen, which defeated NEC Nigmegen 1-0 in a cold rain.
Onyewu excels in Standard scoreless draw
In Belgium, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu anchored the defense for Standard de Liège, which traveled to Brussels and came away with a 0-0 draw against traditional rival Anderlecht.
Onyewu picked up a late yellow card.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.
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