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Jozy Altidore won't return for U.S.-Germany World Cup match

By Kyle Johnson,

The unsurprising, but still disappointing news of the day is that Jozy Altidore won't be ready to return for Thursday's U.S.-Germany World Cup match, coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed.

Though the striker won't be ready in time to help the U.S. team try and either win or draw in order to move to the knockout round, Klinsmann is hoping that maybe Altidore will be recovered enough to help them should they move on, the New York Daily News reports.

"Jozy is recovering really well," the coach said on Tuesday. "But this game comes still too early for him. Once this game is done successfully, we'll have a good chance to have him back on the team."

Should the U.S. manage to move to the round of 16, Altidore will have about 5-6 more days, from today, to continue his recovery before the team would have to play again. It's a long shot, but still a possibility.

Tickets for Thursday's game are in hot demand and Forbes notes, among the most expensive on the secondary sales market for a qualifying match.

Most tickets for the first round are going for just under $400, but tickets for the U.S.-Germany game are going for around $673.75, which are the fourth-most expensive tickets for the World Cup. The price went up as high as over $900, but have since dropped as people purchased the most-expensive seats.

 
 

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