Klinsmann still hopes Sunderland’s Altidore will return for USA

INJURED ... Jozy Altidore.
INJURED ... Jozy Altidore.
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USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann insists he has not given up hope of Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore returning at the World Cup.

Altidore suffered a hamstring strain in the first half of Monday night’s win over Ghana which looked to have brought an end to his tournament at the first hurdle.

The US medical team are still awaiting results on an MRI scan to ascertain the extent of the damage to Altidore’s hamstring, although he has been all-but ruled out of Sunday’s group clash against Portugal.

But Klinsmann remains optimistic that the £7million frontman could still have a further part to play in Brazil.

“We’ve got to see how he now reacts the next couple of days with his hamstring and we’re full of hope that he comes back still in the tournament,” said Altidore.

“That’s what we’re going to work on every day. The medical staff is doing a tremendous job, so we still have the hope that Jozy will be back.

“How quickly, that is down to his healing process.”