Jozy Altidore (right) reportedly suffered a sprained ankle on Wednesday in South Africa.
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Altidore suffers sprained ankle


U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore suffered a sprained ankle during a training session on Wednesday in Irene, South Africa, and will be evaluated to see if he’s able to play in the team’s final World Cup tuneup against Australia on Saturday in Roodeport. first reported on the injury to Altidore, an expected starter for the Americans in their World Cup opener against England on June 12. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays and was diagnosed with a mild sprain.

"It's nothing more than that," U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe told "He'll undergo a fitness test (Friday) to determine whether he can play Saturday."

Altidore scored the first goal of the team's 2-1 win over Turkey last Saturday in Philadelphia, his 10th career goal with the USMNT.


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