Beasley could miss a month with ligament strain in left knee.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
| DaMarcus Beasley could miss a month after straining a knee ligament in a collision with goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer.
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(Wednesday, November 28, 2007) -- American DaMarcus Beasley has injured his left knee and could miss as much as a month of action.
The Glasgow Rangers midfielder injured a knee ligament colliding with opposing goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer during Rangers' 3-2 loss yesterday to VfB Stuttgart in the European Champions League.
In the 49th minute, Beasley was played through by Jean-Claud Darcheville, but before he could get a shot off, Schafer raced off his line and ran into Beasley.
"It looks like I've damaged a ligament and I'll get a scan to see just how bad it is," Beasley said after the match. "I kind of twisted my knee when the keeper made contact. It wasn't his fault."
The scan showed a strain and no major damage, but Beasley is expected to miss three and perhaps four matches.
Beasley has been playing well and went the distance in a 3-1 Scottish Premier League victory over host Falkirk Saturday. Rangers (9-3-1, 28 points) trail league-leading Celtic (10-2-1) by three points.
United States midfielder Freddy Adu entered in the 88th minute for Benfica in its important 1-1 draw with AC Milian in the Champions League at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Over the weekend, he scored his first Portugese Liga goal in visiting Benfica's 3-1 win over Académica de Coimbra. Coming on in the 64th minute, Adu found net in stoppage time to secure the victory.
Friedel concedes four in Rovers' loss
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel had a rough day in Blackburn Rovers' 4-0 home loss to Aston Villa tonight in an English Premier League match at Ewood Park.
Aston Villa took control in the 53rd minute when Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen, who once played for D.C. United of Major League Soccer, took down Gareth Barry and was red carded. Barry converted the penalty kick for a 2-0 lead and Villa added two late goals.
On Sunday, Fulham twice came back from one-goal deficits to draw 2-2 at Fulham. Rovers are 0-2-2 in November
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham, but did not figure in the scoring. The Cottagers utilized only three defenders with five in the midfield, leaving U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra on the bench.
Fulham received a bit of good news. American striker Brian McBride, the team's leading scorer and "Most Valuable Player" last season, has returned to training and could be back in action by the end of the busy holiday season at the end of December.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton enjoyed their weekend by defeating Sunderland 7-1. Howard had very little to do with surging Everton in charge all the way.
Reading suffered another tough loss 2-1 Saturday to Manchester City when U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, despite playing a strong match, could not stop a blast from Stephen Ireland in stoppage time.
Now recuperated from knee problems, U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey went 90 minutes and assisted on Reading's only goal.
On Sunday, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came on for West Ham United in the 82nd minute of a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham keeper Robert Green saved the match in stoppage time by turning away a penalty kick by Jermain Defoe.
U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber made his fourth appearance of the season for last-place Derby County, coming on in the 83rd minute of a 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
American midfielder Eddie Lewis did not dress for the game.
After the match, Derby manager Billy Davies was fired and replaced by former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell. There are rumors that the club will make wholesale changes during the January trading period, bringing in as many as six new players while releasing a like number.
Bradley, Heerenveen are upset in Netherlands
In the Dutch Eredivisie, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance, but Heerenveen was a surprise loser to De Graafschap 3-2.
Heerenveen, which entered the match with four victories in a row, fell behind by two goals early and could not make the difference up.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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