Jozy Altidore Injury: Updates on USA Striker's Hamstring and Return

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Jozy Altidore Injury: Updates on USA Striker's Hamstring and Return
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Updates from Friday, July 25

Jozy Altidore is fit to join Sunderland's preseason tour following the hamstring injury that harmed his World Cup.

Gus Poyet revealed the following, per the Sunderland Echo's Chris Young:

Jozy will be in Portugal with us. He will fly directly to Portugal today.

I’ve been in touch with him and he is fine, fully fit – his hamstring is no problem.

It’s going to be a short pre-season for him and he’s going to have to run a little bit in Portugal, apart from playing football with us in the afternoons.

 

Updates from Thursday, July 3

Jozy Altidore has revealed the serious nature of the injury he picked up early in the tournament during the USA's thrilling World Cup campaign.

ESPN's Mike and Mike tweeted:

 

Updates from Tuesday, July 1

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap provides an update on Jozy Altidore's status heading into the USA's match against Belgium:

Updates from Monday, June 30

The U.S. Soccer Twitter account updated Jozy Altidore's status before Tuesday's match against Belgium:

Updates from Sunday, June 29

Major League Soccer's official Twitter account reports that Jozy Altidore has made a pivotal step in his recovery:

 

Updates from Friday, June 27

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated has good news regarding Altidore's status:

Manager Jurgen Klinsmann talked about Altidore after training Friday, according to Franco Panizo of Soccer By Ives:

We are very optimistic. Every day is a big step forward with Jozy. It’s 11 days now (since the injury happened) and it’s looking better every day. We are optimistic to have him being part of the Belgium game.

 

Updates from Tuesday, June 24

Jozy Altidore will not return for the USA's crucial clash with Germany, which could decide if their World Cup adventure continues, depending on the result of the Portugal-Ghana match.

Jurgen Klinsmann delivered the update, via Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, and he noted that Altidore is doing well with his recovery:

 

Updates from Sunday, June 22

U.S. Soccer confirmed that Altidore is out for today's match versus Portugal:

 

Updates from Thursday, June 19

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated provides a synopsis of Team USA's statement on Jozy Altidore's status for the upcoming match against Portugal:

Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel previously offered this from unnamed members of the U.S. team:

Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated noted:

 

Updates from Tuesday, June 17

The United States have an update on Altidore after his exit from Monday's match against Ghana, via Evan Doherty of Yahoo! Sports:

Wetzel also shared the mood inside the United States' camp:

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke about Altidore's possible return, per Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated:

 

Original Text

The United States were dealt a potentially massive blow during their World Cup opener against Ghana on Monday, as striker Jozy Altidore was forced from the match early in the first half after pulling up lame with a hamstring injury.     

The team's official Twitter feed provided the news, while Yahoo! Sports' Martin Rogers noted the former AZ Alkmaar star was replaced by current AZ Alkmaar star Aron Johannsson:

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl had the official diagnosis:

Jeremy Schaap of ESPN later provided another update on Altidore:

Altidore crumbled during a run down the left sideline, and it immediately looked very serious. Clint Dempsey's first-minute strike made the injury a little easier to swallow for the Yanks, but this is a tough break. 

Following a frustrating goal drought, Altidore netted a brace in a recent friendly against Nigeria, and expectations for him were high in Brazil. 

"[Altidore's] sharp, he's hungry," head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters before the start of the tournament, via the Tampa Bay Times. "So we build on that. … Go out there and be hungry, and once you get an opportunity, you've got to put the ball in the net. I think he's on a really good path."

Klinsmann can be certain that criticism of his decision to leave Landon Donovan off the roster will only get louder, and as Wahl noted, that's now a permanent move with the tournament underway:

Either way, it doesn't matter at this point. It's now up to Johannsson, and potentially Chris Wondolowski, to help shoulder the scoring load, while Dempsey becomes even more important up front in helping the Americans advance out of a difficult group.

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