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USA cautious on Sunderland striker Altidore

USA boss Juergen Klinsmann is taking a cautious approach with Jozy Altidore.

The Sunderland striker was cleared of serious hamstring damage earlier this week but remains under a fitness cloud for Friday's World Cup qualifier with Costa Rica in San Jose.

"We take it day by day. Today will be another big step," Klinsmann said ahead of a training session on Thursday.

"Everything is healed with the hamstring issue. We did an MRI. We did tests. Nothing can happen, but he hasn't trained in a full rhythm for seven, eight days."

Altidore has been stellar form for the US recently, scoring seven goals in his past five matches, including a hat-trick in a 4-3 friendly win over Bosnia last month.

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