New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – U.S. striker Jozy Altidore revealed that he suffered a grade two hamstring tear against Ghana but claimed he will be available if the Americans reached the later stages of the World Cup.
“I had a grade two tear in the Ghana game,” Altidore said. “The timetable to come back was realistically very late in the tournament.”
“I honestly thought I was going to be able to help the team sooner rather than later but it just wasn’t to be,” he added.
Altidore was pulled out early in a 2-1 win over Ghana after suffering the injury early in the game. The injury forced him out of action against Germany and Portugal.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann named Altidore as a substitute in their round-of-16 match against Belgium but did not use him as the Americans tried to rescue the match in extra time but still suffered a 2-1 defeat.
“I was disappointed immediately because I know how big of an opportunity it is and how great it is to play in the World Cup so the first couple of days were really tough for me,” Altidore said.
The 24-year-old Altidore added that he and his fellow squad members had mixed feelings about their campaign, which saw them progress them progress through the so-called “group of death” but be sent home after the first knockout round.
“I think we performed well but, at the same time, if you go around and ask some of the guys, we definitely felt like we could have went a little further,” he added. “Things happen, you know, circumstances change. We had some injuries and in the end, we just weren’t able to get over that last hump in terms of Belgium.”