Clint Dempsey's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ hopes could depend on the results of scans tomorrow after the United States forward limped off in the second half of Fulham's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Blackburn Rovers. Dempsey is a key man for the Stars and Stripes, who begin their FIFA World Cup campaign in South Africa against England on 12 June.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, who is also without striker Bobby Zamora, said: "Clint will be scanned tomorrow, but we feel it might be a posterior cruciate knee ligament which would be very bad for us and he would be out for a while.

"It's a concern up front because Clint Dempsey is very useful for us, but now with both he and Bobby out, it makes us a bit weaker in that area than we'd like to be."

Clint will be scanned tomorrow, but we feel it might be a posterior cruciate knee ligament which would be very bad for us and he would be out for a while.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson

However, Hodgson acknowledged that his growing injury list, which also includes Paul Konchesky who was pulled off with an ankle problem at half-time, will not lead to a transfer window spree.

Hodgson said: "It's a very difficult market at the moment. There [are] not many players who are moving about and we will be very limited in what we can spend.

"I'm a little bit reluctant to go and spend money on a player who maybe in the long term might not make us better. We will get players back and maybe we just have to accept that."