U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey, who missed Tuesday's friendly against Azerbaijan, will resume full training on Friday and will "definitely" start Sunday against Turkey, according to manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
Dempsey was pulled from Tuesday's match minutes before kickoff because he felt soreness in his groin while warming up. Klinsmann said at the time the move was strictly precautionary.
"If something gets worse the first 30 minutes ... there was no reason why we should risk anything," Klismann said before the team's practice at Stanford University on Thursday.
Dempsey, 31, reportedly avoided making sideways cuts during Wednesday's training session. He worked out in the pool on Thursday before boarding a flight to New Jersey, where Sunday's game will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison.
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