United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on Tuesday that Jozy Altidore will miss the U.S. World Cup game against Germany on Thursday because of his strained left hamstring.
Altidore was injured in the Americans’ opening 2-1 win against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t play in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Portugal.
“Jozy is recovering really well,” Klinsmann said. “He’s doing a tremendous job. Our medical staff is on top of it. This game [against Germany] comes still too early for him, but we’re working on him. We’re getting him back in this tournament, as we said. So once this game is done — hopefully successfully — we’ll have a good chance to have him back then in the team.”
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard is confident his team will beat Germany.
“We have a distinct advantage because we have guys who are German-Americans who know these guys and play in the German Bundesliga with them,” Howard told “Mike & Mike” on Tuesday. “If it’s the 80th minute and the score is to our liking, we might take our foot off the pedal a little.”