Feilhaber out for several weeks

BY foxsports • February 16, 2010

American midfielder Benny Feilhaber could be sidlined for several weeks because of cartilage damage in an ankle.

His Danish team, AGF Aarhus said the injury Feilhaber sustained during practice Monday is more serious than previously thought.

The team said Tuesday that X-ray and MRI scans showed Feilhaber will not be able to play "in coming weeks."

Team physician Dr. Jens Bo Vestergaard Jorgensen said the Brazilian-born Feilhaber, who grew up in California and played for UCLA, will have to wear a bandage and rest for 10 days before another scan and re-evaluation.

He has scored once in 18 matches this season for Aarhus, which is in winter break, and has two goals in 30 appearances with the U.S. national team.

After using an all-Major League Soccer roster for its Feb. 24 exhibition against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla.. the U.S. plays at the Netherlands on March 3. That is the last game before coach Bob Bradley selects his 23-man World Cup roster.

Other injured U.S. players includes Sochaux forward Charlie Davies (broken bones in right leg, broken left elbow, facial fractures and lacerated bladder sustained in Oct. 13 car crash); AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu (Oct. 21 surgery to repair ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee); Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey (injured right knee on Jan. 17); and Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones (sidelined since shin surgery in June).

In addition, Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo injured a shoulder in practice Jan. 31 and will be out for four weeks; Eintracht Frankfurt said Feb. 3 that midfielder Ricardo Clark has pulled a muscle in his right calf, delaying his Bundesliga debut by up to four weeks; and Bolton said the following day that midfielder Stuart Holden has been limited to light training as he recovers from a thigh injury.

In Scotland, Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu was sidelined from knee surgery June 4 until Dec. 27, appeared in four matches but has been out since Jan. 19 with an ankle injury. He dressed Sunday but didn't play.

Rangers teammate DaMarcus Beasley played the first half Sunday against Hibernian, his first action since Dec. 19 following a layoff caused by a strained thigh.


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