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Jozy Altidore out 4-5 weeks with hamstring injury, should return by Gold Cup

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Jozy Altdore will miss the next 4-5 weeks after suffering a hamstring injury over the weekend. That means he will miss a pair of United States friendlies in early June, but he is on track to be healthy for July's Gold Cup.

Altidore was injured early in Toronto FC's match on Saturday. He pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and had to limp off of the pitch. He went straight to the locker room and it looked like he was set to be out for a while. On Tuesday, the club confirmed the hamstring strain and put a 4-5 week timetable on it.

Because of the injury, Altidore will not be part of the U.S. team when they head to Europe fro a June 5 friendly against Netherlands and a June 10 contest against Germany. If it takes him a full five weeks to return, he will be back on the pitch by June 23 though, which would give him two weeks to get ready for the Americans' July 7 Gold Cup opener.

The U.S. played without Altidore at last year's World Cup after he suffered a hamstring injury there as well. At first, they turned to Aron Johannsson to take his place, but then they put Clint Dempsey in his spot and overloaded the midfield behind him. It's unclear what Klinsmann will do without Altidore this time around, but he does have Johannsson as an option again and the striker is coming off of a hot finish to his season with AZ Alkmaar. Gyasi Zardes and Juan Agudelo have also been in the mix of late, as has Chris Wondolowski.