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June 27, 2014
Jones suffered broken nose, Altidore runs but is uncerrtain for Belgium

By Michael Lewis
Big Apple Soccer Editor

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Injury updates on midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Jozy Altidore as the U.S. national team sets its sights for Belgium in the Round of 16 Tuesday:

* Jones suffered a broken nose in the 1-0 loss to Germany in Recife on Thursday as originally feared. He will not wear a mask against the Belgians in Salvador.

During an early afternoon briefing, U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman said that Jones "looks unaffected" by the injury, which appeared "to be a minor fracture."

Jones suffered the broken nose when he collided with midfield teammate Alejandro Bedoya in the second half. Both players were tested for concussions "during the game, after the game, last night and this morning," Kammarman said.

* Altidore ran and trained with the team for the third consecutive day on Friday. Kammarman said that the forward "continues to improve" although his status for Belgium was uncertain.

Altidore trained with the team when it was in Recife; he sat the bench against Germany.

"We are very optimistic," USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "Every day is a big step forward. It's 11 days now. It's looking better every day now."

The U.S. team trained at Sao Paulo F.C. on Friday, and is scheduled to leave for Salvador on Sunday.

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