Maurice Edu leaves match on stretcher

Updated: November 10, 2010, 7:39 PM ET news services

American midfielder Maurice Edu was stretchered off in the first half as Rangers kept a one-point lead in the Scottish Premier League despite a 3-0 loss to visiting Hibernian.

Edu left in the 43rd minute after injuring his left knee on a lunging tackle by John Rankin. Edu hurt the same knee on May 24, 2009, during a challenge by Dundee United's Darren Dods, an injury that needed surgery and sidelined the Californian until that Dec. 21.

"It's obviously quite painful for him, and we'll have to wait until morning to find out how serious it is," Rangers manager Walter Smith said. "It's a concern, but until we get a look at him tomorrow, we won't know for sure if there is any major damage or not."

In Spain, American forward Jozy Altidore scored his second goal of the season Wednesday night, helping Villarreal to a 2-0 victory over Poli Ejido and a 3-1 aggregate win in the fourth round of the Spanish Copa del Rey.

The American forward scored in the 89th minute at El Madrigal. His goal on the road on Oct. 27 was his first for the Yellow Submarine since a league match at Athletic Bilbao on Nov. 1, 2008.

In England, defender Eric Lichaj made his Premier League debut Wednesday.

Lichaj, who played his first match for the U.S. national team last month against Colombia, entered for Aston Villa in the 90th minute of his team's 3-2 win over Blackpool in place of Barry Bannan.

The 21-year-old Chicago native had made three previous appearances for the Villans: on Aug. 19 at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, Sept. 22 against Blackburn in the League Cup and Oct. 27 against Burnley in the League Cup.

American Brad Friedel was in goal for Villa.

Clint Dempsey took one of Fulham's best chances in a 1-0 loss at Chelsea, but goalkeeper Petr Cech tipped Dempsey's late 25-yard shot over the crossbar. Michael Essien scored on a header off Florent Malouda's cross in the 30th minute, then was ejected for a two-footed lunge on Dempsey in stoppage time.

Bolton (3-2-7) drew 1-1 at Everton (3-3-6), with Ivan Klasnic beating American goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 79th minute and Jermain Beckford tying it in the 90th. Stuart Holden played all 90 minutes for Bolton.

In France, Carlos Bocanegra played the whole match at center back in his first game for Saint Etienne since injuring his neck in October. Auxerre beat Saint Etienne 2-0 in a Coupe de La Ligue quarterfinal.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.