Boss on Altidore's pre-season return

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by Stuart Vose

'We know hamstring injuries are tricky and that you have to be careful not to come back too quickly.'

Gus Poyet says that, barring any hitches, Jozy Altidore should be fit to start pre-season training upon his return to Wearside.

The American striker represented his country at the World Cup in Brazil but endured frustration after suffering a hamstring problem in the US’s Group G opener against Ghana.

Altidore was on the bench for the last-16 defeat to Belgium after returning to training and will now have some extra time off before re-joining his club colleagues ahead of the new campaign.

“From the beginning the doctor has been in touch with the US medical staff,” Poyet explained.

“In the beginning it [the injury] looked bad, but it got much better during the weeks and Jozy was nearly available for the [last 16].

“If say the US had got through to the next stage, Jozy would have played a part.

“We know hamstring injuries are tricky and that you have to be careful not to come back too quickly. Jozy deserves his holidays now.

“We have an agreement as to how many days he will have after finishing in the World Cup.

“I am sure, if nothing goes wrong, that when Jozy is back with us for pre-season he is going to be fit to start training without any problems.”