By AVI CREDITOR
American midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been ruled out of action for the next 10 days as he recovers from an ankle injury that he picked up in practice on Monday.
AGF Aarhus doctors have determined that Feilhaber has cartilage damage in the ankle, according to the team's Web site. He will have his ankle examined again after the resting period, and then the next course of action will be determined.
The latest prognosis all but rules Feilhaber out of the U.S. men's national team's friendly with the Netherlands on March 3, a match that is just two weeks away.
In other Wednesday soccer news:
HODGSON: DEMPSEY'S "PROGRESS IS GOOD"
Clint Dempsey's knee rehabilitation is going well, as Fulham manager Roy Hodgson reiterated Wednesday that the American midfielder should return to action prior to the end of the Premier League season.
"His progress is good, and he is working very hard to recover," Hodgson told the Associated Press. "The medical staff are very happy with him."
Dempsey hurt his knee Jan. 17 against Blackburn and has six goals and three assists this season.
VIEIRA FACES SUSPENSION
Newly-acquired Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira could be facing some forced time off.
Vieira has been charged by the English Football Association with violent conduct after he appeared to kick Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in the groin from the ground during a challenge in Tuesday's Premier League contest.
Vieira did not receive a card for the challenge, but the FA reviewed the incident on video and made its decision. Vieira faces a three-match suspension, although he could appeal the charge by Thursday.
CAHILL DOUBTFUL FOR EVERTON
Everton may be without midfielder Tim Cahill when it takes on Manchester United this Saturday. Cahill suffered what manager David Moyes called a "calf strain" against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, though the team does not yet know the severity of the injury.
Cahill has come on strong of late, meshing with on-loan Landon Donovan. Cahill has two goals and two assists since the American joined the Toffees in early January, and he has four goals and three assists on the season.
BIRMINGHAM RENEWS HART LOAN
On-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart has been stellar for Birmingham City this season, helping the Blues to eighth place in the current Premier League standings.
The team that owns his rights, Manchester City, has declined Birmingham's offer to buy Hart outright but has agreed to extend his loan through next season.
Hart has nine games in which he's made at least five saves and is a big reason why Birmingham is enjoying a successful campaign.
Who do you want to see in the U.S. midfield against the Netherlands? Happy to hear more positive news about Dempsey? What did you think of Vieira's actions? What do you think Cahill's injury means for Donovan?
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