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Altidore sprains ankle

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The United States soccer team practiced for the first time since arriving in South Africa ahead of the World Cup The United States soccer team practiced for the first time since arriving in South Africa ahead of the World Cup

IRENE, South Africa - U.S. forward Jozy Altidore has sprained an ankle during a training drill and is day to day. Altidore hurt his right ankle during a workout on a field with small goals Wednesday, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Neil Buethe said.

Altidore was taken to a hospital for X-rays and was diagnosed with a mild sprain.

"It's nothing more than that," Buethe said Thursday. "He'll undergo a fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he can play Saturday."

The U.S. faces Australia on Saturday in Roodepoort in the final exhibition for both teams ahead of the World Cup. The Americans open against England on June 12.  

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