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Moore hopes to return to Everton in two weeks, play for U.S. in Russia.

By Willy Calderon (in Bristol, England)
Matthias Schneider (in Leverkusen, Germany)

LIVERPOOL, England (Tuesday, April 11, 2000) -- Doctors for English Premier League's Everton have diagnosed American striker Joe-Max Moore's injury, suffered Saturday, as a knee ligament strain.

This is good news and he should be out only a couple of weeks. A tear of the ligament would have required surgery.

Everton spokesman Alan Myers calls "very doubtful" that Moore could play this weekend against Bradford City. But Myers said it is possible Moore could be ready for the vital Liverpool match on April 21 and he said Moore is counting on being able to play for the United States against Russia on April 26.

In Germany, U.S. striker Landon Donovan helped mount a late comeback for Bayer Leverkusen's reserve side last weekend to help earn a desperately needed 2-2 draw away against Eintracht Trier.

Down 2-0 with only 15 minutes to play, and with relegation out of the third division on the horizon, Donovan scored in the 76th minute to make it 2-1, a prelude to the tying goal in the waning moments.

American defender John Thorrington also entered the match near the end, making a rare appearance for Leverkusen.

In England, Nottingham Forest manager David Platt is relieved to see Trinidadian and former Columbus Crew star forward Stern John back in the lineup following rehabilitation from a serious knee injury in January.

John started last weekend for a rejuvenated Forest which defeated Crewe 3-0.

From the opening whistle, Forest looked dangerous with John making several quick runs into space. It took the lead after 25 minutes and never looked back.

John played 64 minutes, before tiring and being replaced.

Willy Calderon, an American living in Bristol, England, can be e-mailed at willy@netcity.co.uk. Matthias Schneider lives in Leverkusen, Germany and is employed by Bayer Leverkusen as an English-language translator.

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