June 13, 2010
By Michael Lewis
Howard is being closely monitored
IRENE, South Africa -- No news is not necessarily good or bad news for U.S. international goalkeeper Tim Howard.
|U.S. Soccer is keeping a careful eye on Tim Howard’s bruised ribs, but has not done any further medical testing as yet.
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U.S. Soccer said Sunday that Howard was undergoing treatment for bruised ribs he suffered in the 1-1 World Cup draw with England in Rustenburg Saturday night.
The team's trainers "are closely monitoring" Howard's progress, a U.S. Soccer spokesman said.
Howard, a former MetroStar and MLS all-star, will be evaluated again in the morning "to determine if any tests will be required."
The Everton goalkeeper has not had an X-ray or MRI, the spokesman said.
Howard suffered his injury in the 29th minute when England striker Emile Heskey drilled him in the ribs.
"It felt like agony," Howard said Saturday. "I Knew Heskey was going to slide in for the ball. He had every right to. Initially, iI was in a lot of pain."
Asked if he thought Howard would play against Slovenia in the Group C encounter on Friday, U.S. coach Bob Bradley replied, "At this time there is no answer. When you see Tim handle himself after the collision [Saturday] night, you expect he will be on the field again."
Howard, the man of the match on Saturday after making seven saves, several of them spectacular, was scheduled to be evaluated later Sunday.
"Obviously, he was sore," Bradley said. "He did a great job of taking a tough hit."