Altidore Injures Hamstring; Copa America in Question

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DENY GALLAGHER

Jozy Altidore has done everything to avoid injury, including dropping weight to ease pressure on his boy.

Nevertheless, he has once again injured his hamstring.

This according to a tweet from the Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson.

The injury comes just days before the start of Copa America Centenario training camp, and more importantly, Jurgen Klinsmann’s selection of the 23 players that will represent the U.S. at this summer’s tournament.

Altidore left Saturday night’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 38th minute after tweaking his hamstring on a missed penalty kick.

“I don’t know specifically how he is,” said Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney after Saturday’s contest. “He said as he was approaching the penalty, on the take-off step, he felt (his hamstring twinge) a little bit.”

The New Jersey native is no stranger to hamstring injuries. Altidore missed the entire 2014 FIFA World Cup after he injured himself in the opening minutes of the Americans’ first match in the tournament.

Lately the 26-year-old striker has had trouble finding the back of the net, despite being in good form.

There has yet to be any word on the severity of the injury, and TFC has not indicated any timetable for the striker’s return.

  • Stephen Kingler

    Good, now give Christian Ramirez a chance.