June 4, 2010
Altidore doesn't train; still day to day
IRENE, South Africa -- U.S. international forward Jozy Altidore was held out of field training Friday afternoon as he continues to recover from a mild sprain to his right ankle suffered in practice on Wednesday.
Altidore, continued to make "favorable progress," according to U.S. Soccer. His status remains day to day.
The U.S. takes on Australia in its final World Cup warm-up at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort at 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision
Altidore is the only availability question for the U.S. The U.S. has three other forwards on its World Cup roster, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Hurculez Gomez.
The U.S. plans to dress all 23 players from its World Cup team for the match, and wear the all-white Nike home strip. The maximum number of substitutions will be six.
Findley, a surprise selection to the team, says he will be ready to go, if Altidore canít play.
ďIíve just tried to mainly focus on being ready, if Iím given that opportunity to step on the field, whether itís starting or coming off the bench,Ē said Findley, who is one of only four Major League Soccer players on the roster.Ē Hopefully he gets better real soon, and Iíll just make sure Iím ready to step up if I need to.Ē