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American forward Jozy Altidore to miss World Cup game against Portugal

  • United States' Jozy Altidore gestures as he lies on the pitch after pulling up injured, as referee Jonas Eriksson of Sweden, looks on as a United States team trainer arrives to help during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    United States' Jozy Altidore gestures as he lies on the pitch after pulling up injured, as referee Jonas Eriksson of Sweden, looks on as a United States team trainer arrives to help during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Jozy Altidore is attended to by head coach Juergen Klinsmann, bottom, as he is carried off the pitch during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    United States' Jozy Altidore is attended to by head coach Juergen Klinsmann, bottom, as he is carried off the pitch during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring.

Altidore was hurt during the first half of Monday's win over Ghana.

U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said Thursday the Americans were hopeful Altidore can return at some point during the tournament. The Americans complete the first round against three-time champion Germany on June 26.

Defender Matt Besler, who came out of the Ghana match at halftime because of a sore right hamstring, should be available for Sunday's game in Manaus, Kammarman said.

Aron Johannsson replaced Altidore for the second half against Ghana. Chris Wondolowski is the other striker in the squad who could join Clint Dempsey in the attack.

Dempsey has not decided whether he will wear a mask to protect his nose, which was broken during the Ghana game.