Brian McBride Preparing To Return In December

LONDON (AP) -- Fulham captain Brian McBride could be playing again in December after successful surgery on his left knee.

McBride dislocated his kneecap Aug. 18 while scoring in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough. He went to the United States for treatment after consulting with the U.S. national team's knee orthopedic specialist.

"Investigations confirmed he suffered a complete rupture of his quadricep muscle in the areas where the quadricep inserts into the patella," Fulham physiotherapist Jason Palmer said Thursday. "His recovery will be a steady process in the early stages, and we are hoping for a return some time around Christmas."

The 35-year-old striker has returned to Fulham to complete his recovery.

McBride has been at Fulham since January 2004. He also played with Everton and Preston and Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.

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