USA midfielder Clint Dempsey's knee injury is not as bad as first thought and his club, Fulham, are optimistic he will return before the end of the season.
There were fears that Dempsey had suffered cruciate ligament damage after picking up an injury during Fulham's 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, but a scan has revealed that he does not require surgery to fix the problem.
A Fulham statement read: "During the Blackburn Rovers fixture on Sunday 17 January, Clint Dempsey sustained moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee. Following the results of a scan, early indications are positive in that no operation is required.
"At this stage it is thought that the injury will not prevent him from featuring for Fulham, prior to the end of the season. Whilst obviously disappointed, Clint is focused on his rehabilitation and will work hard, in line with medical advice, to return at the soonest opportunity."
USA will start their World Cup campaign against England on June 12.