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Altidore expected to play vs. Algeria

June 22, 2010
ESPN.com news services

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Jozy Altidore missed the first part of the U.S. team's training Tuesday because he was suffering from a stomach ailment, the team announced.

Altidore missed the stretch during the workout at Eersterust Stadium, where practice was moved because FIFA wanted to preserve the condition of the field at Loftus Versfeld, the site of Wednesday's game. He joined his teammates on the field just before practice was closed to reporters.

"Jozy just wasn't feeling well, but he'll be fine for [Wednesday's game versus Algeria]," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said later during a news conference at Loftus Versfeld.

Altidore played a key role in Friday's 2-2 tie with Slovenia, setting up Michael Bradley for the equalizer in the 82nd minute.

Against Algeria, the U.S. will be without forward Robbie Findley, who was suspended after getting yellow cards against England and Slovenia.

Edson Buddle could be paired with Altidore at forward.

The U.S. controls its destiny in Group C as it can advance to the knockout stage with a win against Algeria. The Americans could also advance with a tie, but only if England loses versus Slovenia or ties Slovenia and doesn't outscore the U.S. by more than two goals.

If both England and the U.S. earn ties and England outscores the U.S. by two goals Wednesday, all tiebreakers will be even and the winner will be determined by drawing lots.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.