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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 11/02/2011

D.C. United news & notes: Branko Boskovic to rejoin Monte­negro for European Championship playoffs but won’t play

*D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic, sidelined since the spring with a knee injury, will join Montenegro’s national team this week but won’t play in the European Championship playoff matches against the Czech Republic, DCU General Manager Dave Kasper said.

Boskovic, a national team regular, will reintegrate with the squad and lend leadership and emotional support for the Nov. 11-15 matches. However, he hasn’t played competitively since the spring after tearing an ACL, and just this week participated in full workouts as a neutral player in scrimmages.

In releasing the roster for the Czech matches, Monte­negro implied that Boskovic would play. “We believe he will be fit for both legs,” Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic said. However, Boskovic hasn’t received medical clearance to play in a serious match.

“While he won’t be playing in the matches, we recognize Branko’s importance to his national side and wish Montenegro the best of luck qualifying for the European Championships,” DCU Coach Ben Olsen said on the club’s Web site.

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*United has yet to speak with officials from French club Sochaux about Charlie Davies’ status. DCU is evaluating the entire roster and will soon discuss Davies’ situation with the on-loan striker and his representatives, Kasper said.

*United will scout college tournaments in the coming weeks and then embark on overseas missions to identify potential offseason signing targets.

*There is a “reasonable chance” United will return to the Charleston, S.C., preseason tournament again in the spring, Kasper said. The tournament schedule might have to change as MLS considers starting the 2012 season a week earlier.

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