Forward Jozy Altidore has resumed full training with the U.S. World Cup team, six days after spraining his right ankle during practice.
“I feel great. The ankle feels fine,” Altidore said in comments relayed by the U.S. Soccer Federation after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a little sore, but I had no issues participating in all the exercises today. I’m happy to be part of the group again.”
Altidore, who has nine goals in 25 international appearances, didn’t play in Saturday’s 3-1 exhibition win over Australia.
The U.S. plays its World Cup opener Saturday against England.
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SPAIN 6, POLAND 0
Fernando Torres scored in his return from mid-April knee surgery, Cesc Fabregas got a goal in his second game since breaking a leg, and European champion Spain routed Poland, 6-0, in a World Cup warm-up for its 11th straight win.
Andres Iniesta left in the 39th minute with an apparent right thigh strain. Iniesta, whose season for Barcelona was cut short when he tore a muscle in the same thigh in April, was expected to have medical scans in Barcelona today.
“The doctors will see, but he came off mostly as a precaution,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said.
Even so close to the kickoff of the World Cup, Mexico isn’t sure who its striker will be. Heading into Friday’s World Cup opener against host South Africa, coach Javier Aguirre has not committed to veteran Guillermo Franco or rising star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. … Nelson Mandela will likely greet fans and players for 10 to 15 minutes at the World Cup opening ceremony before watching the rest of the game from home, his grandson said. … Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner and defender Simon Kjaer were back in training, but the team received another setback when coach Morten Olsen called in sick. … Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has little hope Arjen Robben will be fit in time to face Denmark in the team’s World Cup opener. … Portugal winger Nani was ruled out of the World Cup because of a bruised left collarbone. … The Honduran government approved a work schedule that allows 200,000 public employees to take time off the job to watch the national team play in the World Cup. … Inter president Massimo Moratti announced an agreement has been reached for Rafa Benitez to become the club’s new coach.