American striker Jozy Altidore ran some sprints in practice today in an attempt to recover from a mild right ankle sprain he sustained three days ago, according to an AP report.
The United States opens its World Cup campaign in six days and it appears Altidore's injury may not be enough to keep him off the field. The jury's out on whether he can run a full 90 minutes on that bum ankle, but the injury certainly could've been much worse. Based on what's going on elsewhere, the United States should be thankful.
In his absence, Edson Buddle got the start for the final U.S. friendly against Australia and delivered two goals. Robbie Findley was effective against Turkey the week before, but missed several scoring chances against the Aussies. Herculez Gomez has come on as a second-half sub in two of the last three games and delivered a goal each time.
Head coach Bob Bradley certainly has plenty of options to consider in the next week. We can tell he favors Findley's speed, but Buddle clearly proved to be the stronger finisher on Saturday. You also have to wonder if Bradley will try to surprise England by moving Donovan up there, knowing that Stuart Holden is capable of filling in on the right wing. What would you do?
In other injury news, it appears as though star winger Arjen Robben will not be replaced on the Netherlands' roster. Robben's hamstring scare is not as serious as it once was thought and he still may see playing time during the World Cup.