By IVES GALARCEP
When Clint Dempsey wasn’t in uniform for Tottenham in Monday’s win against West Ham, the alarm bells started ringing among U.S. Men’s National Team fans about what might be wrong with the American star.
As it turns out, Dempsey has a calf strain that Tottenham manager Andres Villas Boas expects to keep Dempsey sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
If that timetable holds, Dempsey should be back in plenty of time to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team in upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
As scary a proposition as it may seem, Dempsey’s injury could be a blessing in disguise in the sense that it will mean a period of rest for Dempsey ahead of March’s qualifiers. Rest he could use after a recent run of games that has seen him start in six matches in one 19-day stretch (including the trip to Honduras for the U.S. World Cup qualifying loss on Feb. 6th).
What do you think of this development? Think a rest will do Dempsey some good? Think the U.S. could get points out of the next two qualifiers without him?
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