Toronto striker Jozy Altidore set for Sunderland reunion this week

Jozy Altidore comes on for for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID
Jozy Altidore comes on for for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID
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Jozy Altidore is expected to face former club Sunderland on Wednesday after returning to action with Toronto, following his omission from the USA Gold Cup squad.

USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed Altidore from his Gold Cup plans last week, with the striker just returning from a hamstring problem.

Altidore wasn’t surprised by that due to his fitness worries, claiming: “The window was too small to get to where he (Klinsmann) wanted me to get.

“I’m happy to be back here.”

But Altidore - who has netted six goals in 12 appearances for Toronto since leaving Sunderland in January - featured in the MLS win against Philadelphia Union yesterday.

That should see the 25-year-old participate against Sunderland on Wednesday night - probably for just 45 minutes - for the Black Cats’ final pre-season encounter of their North American tour.

The friendly with Toronto was negotiated as part of the swap deal involving Altidore and Jermain Defoe, with the latter moving to the Stadium of Light on a three-and-a-half-year deal.