Altidore ‘ready and available’ to play against Belgium

Altidore ‘ready and available’ to play against Belgium

Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 28, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; USA forward Jozy Altidore jogs during team training at Sao Paulo FC. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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by Jesse Yomtov / USA TODAY Sports

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Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The U.S. Soccer Federation says Jozy Altidore is available for Tuesday’s match against Belgium in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Altidore strained his left hamstring in the first half of the opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t appear in the final two group games. The 24-year-old has been working out on his own in recent days, but the extent of his availability for Tuesday’s match is unknown.

“He’s available. This is what we want, this is what we hoped for,” said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is what the medical staff has been working on since the injury.

“Just having him with us is huge and how many minutes, we’ll see that during the game.”

Altidore has scored 23 goals in 74 matches for the national team since his debut in 2007.

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