Lewis on the mend

Tuesday 20 November 2001

Eddie Lewis is back running at Fulham's Motspur Park training ground, as he continues his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.

The former San Jose winger twisted his ankle in training just when The Cottagers were lining up a loan move for him, to help his chances of returning to the US national team.

Lewis has to play first-team football to get back into the reckoning of US manager Bruce Arena for the matches the US will play in the coming months.
Those matches will determine the squad that Arena will select to take to the World Cup finals in Japan and Korea next summer.

"Eddie is working hard because it was a fairly substantial ankle ligament injury," physio Jason Palmer told Team Talk.

"He is starting to get back into some running and will soon be back in training."

The American is still a few weeks away from returning to the fitness levels that would make him a viable loan target for a First Division club, with two teams understood to be interested before his injury.