Injured midfielder Jermaine Jones to play against Belgium

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sao Paulo, Brazil (4E Sports) – Despite suffering a broken nose, midfielder Jermaine Jones will play when the United States tackles Belgium in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Jones sustained the injury during a collision with teammate Alejandro Bedoya in the second half of their 1-0 loss to Germany in Group G.

Aside from Jones, striker Jozy Altidore could also play against Belgium as he is nearing recovery for an ailing hamstring.

“Jermaine Jones does have a broken nose,” U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman said. “He will not wear a mask for Tuesday’s game [against Belgium]. He looks unaffected — you can’t even see any discolorations. It appears to be a minor fracture. He’s fine, he’s available to play.”

Kammarman said both players were tested for concussion symptoms on the field, after the game, on Thursday night and again on Friday morning. There was no indication either player had suffered a concussion.

Kammarman added that Altidore was running at training Friday for the third straight day and continues to improve.

“We are very optimistic,” Klinsmann said when asked whether Altidore might be ready to play Tuesday against Belgium. “Every day is a big step forward for Jozy. “It’s 11 days now [since he got injured] and it’s looking better every day, so we’re optimistic to have him being part of the Belgium game.”

Germany beat the U.S. on Thursday on Thomas Muller’s 55th-minute goal, but the Americans advanced as runners-up when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 during a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

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