Dempsey out for first leg of Fulham's UEFA Europa League qualifier

Dempsey out for first leg of Fulham's UEFA Europa League qualifier

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Dempsey out for first leg of Fulham's UEFA Europa League qualifier

Dempsey (Getty Images)

Clint Dempsey will be getting somewhat of a breather this summer after all.

Fulham begins its UEFA Europa League campaign Thursday, but Dempsey will not be included in the squad for the club's first-round qualifier first leg with Faroe Islands club NSI Runavik (2:30 p.m.), according to multiple reports out of England.

Mexican international Carlos Salcido left back has also been left out of the squad for the Cottagers. Both players are just coming off the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so their exclusions are not a total surprise. Salcido picked up a heel injury in the semifinal against Honduras and played through it only to be subbed off early in the final. Dempsey played every minute of the six U.S. matches in the tournament and led the Americans with three goals.

What do you think of this development? Happy to see Dempsey get some time off? Are you reading more into this and thinking there are transfer implications? Do you see Fulham having a problem progressing?

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