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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 7, 2010
TESTING THE WATERS
Altidore runs on injured ankle


Jozy Altidore tried running sprints on his injured right ankle Sunday.
Jozy Altidore tried running sprints on his injured right ankle Sunday.
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Jozy Altidore resumed training with the U.S. National Team as he tested his sprained right ankle in Pretoria, South Africa Sunday.

The U.S., however, hasn't told the media much about the former Red Bulls forward's exact condition and availability for games in the World Cup.

According to U.S. national coach Bob Bradley, Altore is improving. Altidore, 20, ran sprints under the presence of a fitness coach.

“Jozy has been able to add to his workload every day, which has been positive,” Bradley said in an e-mail to the media. “We are pleased with his progress and will continue to move him forward. The team has a day off tomorrow, so we have another opportunity to work with him individually and gauge his status for training.”

Bradley left practice at Pildtich Stadium without talking to reporters.

Former MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard also felt Altidore, the team's best scoring option during World Cup qualifying up front, was moving in the right direction.

“It seems like he’s getting a little bit better,” Howard told reporters. “It’s going to be sore, of course, but we’ve still got a long way to the game, you know, a long way in terms of needing time to heal. I think he’ll be fine, but again, that’s barring any setbacks.”

Altidore was unavailable for comment.

As it turns out, Altidore's understudy, Edson Buddle scored his first two international goals in the Americans' 3-1 warm-up win over Australia Saturday while Howard sat out the game as a precaution. That gives Bradley a viable option if Altidore is not ready to go against England in its first World Cup match in Rustenburg on Saturday.
   
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