Bobby Convey said he expects to have his repaired right knee rehabilitated sufficiently enough to be ready for the beginning of the English Premier League preseason later this month.

"I have just starting running and have been continuing to do my strength work," the Philadelphia native, who cut his season with Reading short in February to have surgery on his knee, wrote in an e-mail Sunday. "The doctor has said just be very patient with this injury and has cleared me to start running."

Convey hurt the knee during the World Cup, held last summer, and had surgery in December. But that didn't solve the problem for the midfielder, who wound up playing only 11 games before choosing to terminate his season and undergo another operation on a knee that Steve Coppell, his manager, at the time called "flawed."

"My knee is doing well now finally after the second surgery I had in March," Convey wrote. "I had no cartilage left in my right knee and it was putting a lot of pressure on my joints. I am back now doing strength work with 'Hash' [James Hashimoto], our national team trainer, in his Delaware clinic and will be back to England for preseason on the 28th of June to gradually get back into playing for the beginning of the season in August."

Convey, 24, played from 2000-04 with D.C. United, of Major League Soccer, before signing a contract to head overseas and play for Reading FC in 2004. He was a member of a Royals team that set an English points record in 2005-06 en route to the Football League championship. That team was promoted to the English Premier League for the 2006-07 season.

Asked about David Beckham's jump from England to the MLS, expected to take place next month, Convey said it was "a very big PR move on behalf of MLS and soccer in America in general. It . . . will definitely raise the profile of the league."

Enough to lure him back? Not at the moment, he wrote.

"When I left MLS, I was ready for a new challenge in England and have now been here 3 years, with 2 more years on my contract," he wrote. "I would love to someday play in MLS again when the time is right and I have achieved my goals in England with Reading." *