Both the United States and Belgium will likely face-off on Tuesday in a humid Salvador without some of they key players in the line-up.
Jozy Altidore’s return date has not been revealed but coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains hopeful that he will return to the pitch before their time in Brazil is up saying, “We are very optimistic to have him to be a part of the Belgium game.”
Altidore was seen jogging during the team’s practice sessions on Friday, making it the third day in a row the striker was working out during practice.
Jermaine Jones suffered a broken nose during a collision when the USMNT played Germany on Thursday but his status is unaffected for the Belgium game as USA captain, Clint Dempsey has also suffered a broken nose during group play. When asked about Jones’ nose team spokesman Michael Kammarman said “It appears to be a minor fracture, he’s fine. He’ll be able to play.”
At one point during the second half of the Germany match Jones ran into teammate Alejandro Bedoya. They were checked for concussions at the team’s base in Sao Paulo. Both are healthy and expected to play on Tuesday.
Belgium is dealing with several injuries including captain, Vincent Kompany who has a recurring groin injury that caused him to miss their group stage match against South Korea last week. Mark Wilmots the Belgium manager, stated that Kompany’s presence on the field was crucial to their team, “Others can replace him, but when we talk about leadership, he is an added value.”
The Manchester City captain is not the only injured Belgian defender as Thomas Vermaelen, pulled hamstring but was seen working out separately from the team with medical trainers this weekend. Vermaelen appeared to first injured his knee during warm-ups for Belgium’s match against Russia and has been in and out of the line-up ever since.
The United States and Belgium will play on Tuesday at 4pm ET.