U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring.
Altidore confirmed to miss Portugal match
06/19/2014
 
Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States forward Jozy Altidore (17) grabs his leg and reacts while trying to chase down a ball with Ghana defender John Boye (21) during the first half of their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States forward Jozy Altidore (17) grabs his leg and reacts while trying to chase down a ball with Ghana defender John Boye (21) during the first half of their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Winslow Townson

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring.


Altidore was hurt during the first half of Monday's win over Ghana.


U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said Thursday the Americans were hopeful Altidore can return at some point during the tournament. The Americans complete the first round against three-time champion Germany on June 26.


Defender Matt Besler, who came out of the Ghana match at halftime because of a sore right hamstring, should be available for Sunday's game in Manaus, Kammarman said.


Aron Johannsson replaced Altidore for the second half against Ghana. Chris Wondolowski is the other striker in the squad who could join Clint Dempsey in the attack.


Dempsey has not decided whether he will wear a mask to protect his nose, which was broken during the Ghana game.

Source: Ronald Blum AP
 
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