Jozy Altidore is back in the game — hopefully for good! On June 30, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced that Jozy, who strained his hamstring last month, is ‘ready and available’ for the Round of 16 on July 1.
After U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, 24, strained his hamstring last month, fans have wondered when he would be able to return to the soccer field. After missing two games, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Jozy is “ready and available” to play on June 30! The announcement came a day before team USA will face off against Belgium in the knockout round on July 1.
Jozy Altidore In World Cup For Belgium Match: ‘Ready And Available’ To Play After Injury
The U.S. Soccer Twitter account tweeted to fans that Jozy is ready for the July 1 match after the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Jozy was “ready and available” to play in the tournament once again.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 30, 2014
Although things are looking good for the New Jersey native to play in the match against Belgium, it does not look like he is ready to return to the starting lineup just yet.
Jozy Altidore: How Long Will He Be Able To Play In Belgium Game?
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is unsure how long he will allow Jozy to play when the team faces off against Belgium.
“We don’t know how much because we need to see how he’s going, but he’s available,” Jurgen said in a press conference. “How many minutes? We will see that during the game.”
On June 16, just 25 minutes into team USA’s opening game against Ghana, Jozy strained his left hamstring and was carried off the field. The forward has not played in the tournament since the injury.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that Jozy has the opportunity to play when U.S. faces Belgium on July 1? Let us know!
— Stephanie Bray