Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has claimed Jozy Altidore might miss the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the United States international out for over a month with a hamstring injury.
Vanney revealed on Tuesday that Altidore had undergone an MRI scan after injuring himself in Toronto’s 1-1 draw at New England Revolution on Saturday, with the striker set to miss five weeks.
With the USA’s Gold Cup campaign set to start on July 7, Vanney has cast doubt on whether Altidore will be released for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.
“I suppose it’s conceivable,” Vanney said when asked if Altidore would return to fitness only to leave on international duty.
“We’ll see as we go. I haven’t spent a lot of time talking to Jozy, we were just waiting on the MRI results.
“But the concern is that if he’s not 100 per cent healthy, maybe he doesn’t go to the Gold Cup. But I don’t want to take up that battle just yet with him until we figure that out.”
But in a boost for fans of both Toronto and the USA, Altidore is planning to play earlier than the doctors expect.
“It seems like it’s going to be four or five weeks but he [Altidore] doesn’t feel like that,” Vanney said.
“The imaging gives you an initial indication but he says he doesn’t feel anything like he’s felt in the past where he’s had to be out five or six weeks. We’ll see how he does over the next few weeks. We’ll manage it and get him healthy.”
Altidore is Toronto’s leading goalscorer in the 2015 MLS season having scored five goals in eight matches, while he has played 80 matches for the USA, scoring 27 times.
USA, who will host the Gold Cup along with Canada, will be joined by Panama, Haiti and Honduras in Group A.