SI Staff
Thursday July 10th, 2014

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet expects USA forward Jozy Altidore to be fully fit for the start of the club's preseason preparations. 

Altidore, who suffered a grade two hamstring tear 21 minutes into the World Cup, missed the USA's last three games. He had been ruled "available" by U.S. Soccer ahead of the Americans' round of 16 match against Belgium, but he was an unused substitute on the bench, and afterwards USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann admitted that it was always unlikely that he'd be ready to go in that game.

Altidore, who scored just two goals in all competitions in his first season with Sunderland after scoring 50 in his previous two seasons with AZ Alkmaar, should be fine to integrate with his club teammates ahead of the coming Premier League campaign.

“From the beginning the doctor has been in touch with the US medical staff,” Poyet told Sunderland's official website. “In the beginning it [the injury] looked bad, but it got much better during the weeks and Jozy was nearly available for the [last 16]. If say the US had got through to the next stage, Jozy would have played a part.

“We know hamstring injuries are tricky and that you have to be careful not to come back too quickly. Jozy deserves his holidays now. We have an agreement as to how many days he will have after finishing in the World Cup. I am sure, if nothing goes wrong, that when Jozy is back with us for preseason he is going to be fit to start training without any problems.”

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