Jozy Altidore Could Make Triumphant Return Against Belgium

Jozy Altidore

Some good news for the U.S. has finally come. They did advance to the knockout round, but on account of other teams. The U.S. is in dire need of good news and it has finally arrived.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, striker Jozy Altidore has joined the team for workouts Monday. He has been out of the World Cup since straining his hamstring in the team’s 2-1 win over Ghana.

Altidore has been jogging separately for the past week but on Monday, he joined the rest of the team for a workout. Asked whether Altidore might be ready for action on Tuesday, head coach Jürgen Klinsmann said: “We are very optimistic. Every day is a big step forward for Jozy. It’s 11 days now [since he got injured] and it’s looking better every day, so we’re optimistic to have him being part of the Belgium game.”

Teammate Omar Gonzalez says Altidore’s absence has taken a toll on the team.

“Jozy’s a great striker, especially when he’s up there with Clint [Dempsey],” Gonzalez said. “Both can create chances, and with Jozy going out early, it’s been a lot of work for Clint. He’s done a great job up there. Hopefully we can see Jozy come back pretty soon, and if that’s the case, it’s going to be a tough task for the defenders that have to mark them.”