Jozy Altidore's pre-season hope after suffering hamstring problems in World Cup

Jozy Altidore will miss USA's next World Cup match but the latest bulletin on his hamstring raises the hope he could be fit for pre-season

Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore will miss the United States’ World Cup game against Portugal – but could be fit for Sunderland’s pre-season.

The striker was substituted in the first half of Monday’s Group G win over Ghana with an injured left hamstring, an area where he has had problems before.

It seemed to have ended his World Cup, but his country remain “hopeful he will be available in the tournament.”

Sunderland’s pre-season opens with a July 19 friendly at Darlington and, while World Cup players will be granted extra time off, Altidore will need to hit the ground running to be involved at West Bromwich Albion on the opening weekend of the season. Yet to score in club

football this year, he did not start any of the last nine matches.

Sporting director Lee Congerton has admitted the Black Cats will be in the market for at least one new centre-forward this summer. Premier League experience is something else they will target.

They signed 19 players in the last two windows and most who had played English league football before were a success – and those who had not were failures. Altidore and Andrea Dossena – who had Premier League experience – and Santiago Vergini – who did not – were arguably the only exceptions.

Congerton said: “We are trying to bring in players who are already established in the Premier League.

“That’s not easy because they come at a premium and they might be happy where they are.

“Maybe we have to take a step back and try and concentrate on what we know a little bit better rather than what we don’t know.”

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