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  • A Yahoo! User Jun 5, 2010 08:51 Flag

    Behind Enemy Lines: Altidore injury scare

    We check out the latest news from England's World Cup Group C opponents, Algeria, Slovenia and USA, with the big kick-off in South Africa fast approaching.

    UNITED STATES (June 12, Rustenburg)

    June 4: A scan on striker Jozy Altidore's ankle revealed that he has only sustained a light strain and will be fit for the opener against England, although he may be rested in the build-up. The USA Soccer Federation said: "Altidore's status is considered day-to-day, and he will undergo a fitness test Friday to determine his availability for the June 5 friendly against Australia."

    June 3: Defender Jonathan Spector has told his team-mates to stop worrying about his former Manchester United team-mate and concentrate on their own game: “He’s certainly a very talented player, we all know that. But he’s not the only player on England that has ability; they’re a good side. We haven’t really gone over tactically how we’re going to approach the game, but I think it’s important not just to focus on them, we need to be concerned with ourselves."

    June 2: Bob Bradley's men will get their hands on a bumper £13.8 million ($20m) prize fund if they win the World Cup, the most expensive incentive in the tournament's history. Each member of the 23-man squad will scoop £617,332 if they lift the trophy, thanks to the collective bargaining agreement which covers pay and working conditions for Major League Soccer and the national team.

    June 1: USA boss Bob Bradley insists that they will be giving all of their Group C opponents the respect they deserve. He said: "We respect everyone in our group. Of course, there's been a lot of attention on our first game with England. It's a great opportunity for us. But we also know that Slovenia and Algeria are excellent teams. It will be a tough group, but we're looking forward to it."

    May 31: Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation which investigates possible terrorist activities, said the match between the United States and England on June 12 could be a particular target.

    May 30: Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored second-half goals as the US came from behind to beat Turkey 2-1 in a World Cup warm-up.

    May 29: USA coach Bob Bradley has an injury-plagued back line to contend with as his side face Turkey in their 'send-off' game before leaving for South Africa. Bradley's preparations have been hampered by injuries, of varying seriousness, with left-back Carlos Bocanegra having encountered problems with his hernia and Jay DeMerit's vision problems, but both are expected to be involved.