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U.S. star Clint Dempsey still not ready to start

May 29, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT

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Whatever happens for the United States on Wednesday against the mighty Brazilians, it will happen without the Fulham star, who is being cautious with groin injury.

Dempsey participated in the team’s open practice Monday (attended by more than 2,000 at the University of Maryland), but was limited in his movement. Afterward, he admitting that a start hardly looked promising.

No, I couldn’t [start],” he said. “I don’t think I’d be able to go a complete 90 minutes and I don’t think you should put yourself in the position to take up a spot of a guy who has more fitness than you. But I’m going to continue to work hard and try to get my fitness up and if I do get into the game, I want to make an impact.”

Dempsey hasn’t played since May 6, Fulham’s next-to-last match.

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