NICK LEYDEN - Friday, February 26, 2010
Add Benny Feilhaber to the list of American stars for whom injury concerns are clouding World Cup prospects as the AGF Aarhus midfielder is now currently in Brazil to see an expert about cartilage damage in his ankle.

Feilhaber suffered the injury in training last Monday and was at first thought to have a sprain. But, as AGF chief physiotherapist Jens Bo Vestergaard Jørgensen stated last week, following an initial MRI, the injury appears to be more severe.

The club revealed that the former UCLA standout is visiting a doctor in his native Brazil with whom he has previously done rehabilitation for a 2008 knee injury.

"The physician agrees that Benny - as we have previously announced - has suffered a cartilage injury in the ankle and that it was right to use a splint on it," AGF press officer Christian Haarsløv told YA. "Benny has had his ankle MRI scanned again, and we expect to have the final results of this study early next week."

The ex-Derby County man has not been included on Bob Bradley's roster for the upcoming friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. There was some thought that he might be able to return in time for the restart to the Danish Superliga season, but Haarslov was quick to dispel that notion.

"Benny will definitely not be ready for the FC Copenhagen match," he added.

AGF entered the Superliga's winter break in sixth place, 10 points out of a spot in Europe.

No definitive timeline for Feilhaber's recovery will be available until after the tests in Brazil are complete.
Sunday February 28, 2010 2:52 am
lol, at Bob the Tomato. sure, in general there are superior surgeons/orthopedists in the US/Europe, but I'm sure there are some world class sports doctors in Brazil who are accustomed to treating futbal related injuries. What about the Brazillian National Team doctor? ect...ect... I'm sure Benny had doctor there he was pleased w/ his knee rehab so he trusted in him for his ankle. nothing wrong with that.

anyways, I really hope this isn't too long term. I love Benny's confidence on the ball. He adds a nice element to US ball control. Good luck Benny, get well in time for SA.
Robert Kiernan
Saturday February 27, 2010 6:04 pm
As far as I'm aware, there isn't a great deal of cartilage in the Ankle... but it's usually around the ends of the bone where it rubs with another bone... this isn't an area that is going to heal all that quickly, and is far more likely to be a chronic type of injury... this is really not good news at all. Sad to say but I don't like his chances now.
Saturday February 27, 2010 2:43 pm
We need Benny to pull the stings in midfield.

Nice first article!
Saturday February 27, 2010 12:41 am
haha, Bob the Tomato, that's funny.
But no, there are a number of factors that come into play. For instance, a Brazilian doctor, i would imagine, has a WHOLE lot more of experience on soccer related injuries. Furthermore, there's probably a family tie involved here. Nothing wrong with him going to Brazil for treatment.
Friday February 26, 2010 5:24 pm
C'mon, not him too, I hope he gets better before the WC. If not, I hope to see Torres get more minutes.
Bob the Tomato
Friday February 26, 2010 5:04 pm
Why brazil? Yes he's from there, but are their medical experts that much better than europe or the usa?Of course I'd understand if he's going so that a witch can rub goat placenta on his ankle but why else?

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