June 30, 2014
By Michael Lewis
Altidore can play vs. Belgium, but Klinsmann is uncertain for how long
Big Apple Soccer Editor
SALVADOR, Brazil -- Jozy is back.
Jozy Altidore, who suffered a strained left hamstring against Ghana on June 16,, will be available to play for the United States against Belgium in a Round of 16 World Cup game on Tuesday.
During a press conference on Monday, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann indicated that the striker would most likely come off the bench.
"We don't know how much, but he is available," Klinsmann said. "This is what we want. This is what we hoped for. This is what the medical staff is working (on). They have done a tremendous job. They worked day and night on Jozy.
"Just having him with us tomorrow is huge. How many minutes, we'll see that during the game."
Altidore suffered the injury in the 18th minute of the Group G opener, a 2-1 win over Ghana. Since then, the USA has gone from a four midfielders/two forwards lineup to five midfielders to Clint Dempsey as the lone striker up front.
Klinsmann did not give a clue as to what his lineup will be vs. the Belgians.