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Klinsmann supremely confident regarding fitness of Tottenham's Dempsey

USA boss Juergen Klinsmann feels Clint Dempsey will be perfectly tuned up for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

The star attacking midfielder had missed four Tottenham matches because of a calf injury before sitting out of last week's Europa League Round of 16 second leg with Inter Milan following the birth of his third child.

He returned to action for Spurs with a 45-minute spell in the 1-0 home loss to Fulham on Sunday and Klinsmann is confident he will be back to his best for the Denver (Costa Rica) and Mexico City meetings on March 22 and 26 respectively.

"We are very confident. He played the second half yesterday after his calf problems, that was the first game," the US boss told ussoccer.com.

"He would have played already at Inter Milan in their Europa League game there but he stayed home because of the birth of his third child, which we are totally happy and thrilled for him and his family. He's in a good training rhythm. I was in touch with him constantly.

"He'll be in here tonight and we'll have enough training sessions to get adjusted to the altitude and we are confident that he can go the distance in both games."

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