Jozy Altidore‘s hamstrings just might hate big tournaments.
The big USMNT and Toronto FC striker could miss the Copa America Centenario after suffering a grade 2 hamstring sprain, according to the Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson.
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Altidore reinjured his hamstring in the run-up to a Saturday penalty kick against the Vancouver Whitecaps, an attempt saved by David Ousted.
This is the the fourth hamstring injury Altidore has suffered since the 2014 World Cup. He missed the first two games of this season after sustaining a Grade 1 right hamstring injury at the club’s preseason resort in Orlando.
Based on the recovery timeline provided to the Toronto Sun and Canadian Press on Monday, Altidore could miss many as 11 MLS and Canadian Championship games before returning in mid-July.
“We’ve tried diet and weight loss and sleep logs,” Vanney said of attempting to correct Altidore’s reoccurring hamstring issues. “There are so many factors that can lead into these situations.”
Altidore missed the 2014 World Cup after hurting his hamstring on the eve of the tournament. The ailment could see Gyasi Zardes used as a target striker for the USMNT, a role he’s spent some time in with the L.A. Galaxy.