June 8, 2010
BACK IN TRAINING
Altidore practices fulltime with U.S. team
JOHANNESBURG -- He's back.
|Jozy Altidore Tuesday returned to training with the U.S. team for the first time since last Wednesday.
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Forward Jozy Altidore, who suffered a mild right ankle sprain last week, returned to training on a fulltime basis with the National Team Tuesday afternoon.
“I feel great. The ankle feels fine,“ Altidore said after practice at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria. “It’s a little sore, but I had no issues participating in all the exercises today. I’m happy to be part of the group again.”
Altidore, who sustained the injury on June 2, had been doing individual fitness work since Friday.
His No. 1 priority is to prepare for the United States' World Cup opener against England in Rustenburg on Saturday.
“Training was good,” Altidore said. “The team looks really focused. You can tell everyone is excited for this weekend.”
As a precuation, Altidore was forced to sit out the U.S.'s 3-1 warm-up win over Australia Saturday. His understudy, New Rochelle, N.Y. product Edson Buddle, started in his place and struck for his first two international goals in only his fourth match.
-- Michael Lewis