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Iron man Hejduk back in the reckoning at right back

April 17, 2009
GalarcepBy Ives Galarcep, Special to ESPN Soccernet
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With his dream of playing in a third straight World Cup dashed, Frankie Hejduk could have used any number of excuses to give up hope of ever playing in soccer's biggest event again. It was May 2006 and Hejduk was a 31-year-old veteran about to endure rehab for a torn ACL. With no guarantees about how much of his quickness he would lose and whether he could ever be the same player again, Hejduk could have looked at World Cup 2010, when he would be 35, and consider it an impossibility.

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