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June 24, 2014
GETTING CLOSER
Altidore could be back for knockout round

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

Jozy Altidore could return for the Round of 16 at the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann said.
Jozy Altidore could return for the Round of 16 at the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann said.
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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- If the United States reaches the knockout round of the World Cup, then former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore could be in a position to help the team.

Altidore, who suffered a left hamstring strain in the Americans' 2-1 Group G win over Ghana last week, sat out the 2-2 draw with Portugal on Sunday.

He will not be available to play for the USA against Germany in the final group match in Recife on Thursday. But beyond that is another story.

"Jozy's recovering really well," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said during a press conference at Sao Paulo FC. "He is doing a tremendous job. Our medical staff is working on it. This game is still too early for us. If it is done successfully, we will have a good s chance to having him back again."

Altidore, 24, suffered his injury in the 18th minute against Ghana.

Klinsmann also said that center back Matt Besler, who has experienced some issues with a tight right hamstring, is fit to play against Germany.
   
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