In a decision that seemed all but certain to all who watched the US Men’s National Team’s 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday, forward Jozy Altidore has been ruled out for the US’s match against Portugal on Sunday, the team confirmed Thursday.
Altidore hurt himself in the 21st minute of the game as he was chasing down a ball from Michael Bradley, pulling up from a dead sprint, grabbing at the back of his left leg, and fell the ground in obvious pain.
He was unable to continue the game and had to be brought off the field on a stretcher. Altidore was replaced in the game by Aron Johannsson.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on Tuesday that he was hopeful Altidore would be able to return before the end of the tournament.
Forward Clint Dempsey, who suffered a broken nose in the game, is expected to be ready for Portugal, as well as defender Matt Besler, who injured his hamstring and was replaced at the half by game-winning goal scorer John Brooks.