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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Albright sidelined 3 to 6 weeks after knee surgery

CARSON, Calif. -- U.S. defender Chris Albright will be sidelined for three to six weeks after tearing cartilage in his left knee.

Albright was injured Jan. 5 during the Americans' first full day of training camp this year. He initially was thought to have a bruised knee. An MRI exam did not detect damage, but the swelling did not subside.

Albright had surgery Monday in Los Angeles. Team physician Dr. Bert Mandelbaum repaired a lateral meniscus tear, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday.

Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni partially tore his left quadriceps during practice Jan. 9, an injury expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks. Midfielder Steve Ralston is expected to miss 10 days after straining his right quadriceps last week.

The United States, preparing for its fifth straight World Cup appearance, opens its 2006 schedule Sunday against Canada in San Diego. That is the first of six exhibition games scheduled for the first three months of the year.

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