Sep 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
In his pre-game press conference the day before the United States takes on Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying (10 p.m. ET, beIN Sport), U.S. head coach Jürgen Klinsmann said Jozy Altidore‘s injury situation is still day-to-day.
“We take it day by day,” Klinsmann said. “Today will be another big step.”
He added that Altidore has not trained at 100 percent intensity in about a week due to the injury. Altidore participated in the first U.S. training session in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Wednesday, but he wore running shoes and jogged around the field during the window in which media was allowed to observe.
Klinsmann did not rule out Altidore playing a part in Friday’s match, but it does not seem likely that he will start. (In March, when the U.S. played Costa Rica in Denver, the Ticos said striker Alvaro Saborío would miss through injury, but he played 90 minutes.)
The U.S. has four other forwards on the roster in Costa Rica: Eddie Johnson, Aron Jóhannsson, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.
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