Jozy Altidore Set to Miss England Opener

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJune 3, 2010

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Jozy Altidore of Hull City reacts after being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium on April 24, 2010 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The United States has been dealt a serious set back in their preparations for the World Cup finals. Their 20-year-old striker, Jozy Altidore, has reportedly injured his right ankle in training, and has been taken to hospital for CT scans of the affected ankle.

Altidore had his first hand experience of the English game after a year long loan in the Premier League with Hull City. The big American had struggled to fulfill his potential but had felt he had a point to prove in the US's opening tie against England.

Altidore said of the clash with England, “It is a special game for me personally. The English fans didn’t see me at my best, but I want to show what I am about, and maybe that will give me another option in the Premier League."

“I know about a lot of players from my time in England and they have great quality, big names, and talent."

“But we know – and we will prove – that it is not just about big stars and individuals. It is about being together as a team and as a group. "

However, with the Americans missing injured Charlie Davies, the possibility of Altidore missing games in the Group stage is a serious blow for their attempt to reach the qualifying round where they would be hoping to reach the Quarter finals at the least.

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The US team said of Altidore's injury, "His status is considered day-to-day."

"He will undergo a fitness test on Friday to check his availability for the 5 June (friendly) with Australia."

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