Having played just twenty one minutes of the USA's first game of the 2014 World Cup against Ghana Jozy Altidore, our sole representative at this year's tournament in Brazil, was substituted having suffered a hamstring injury when sprinting for a loose ball.
Clutching the back of his leg Altidore, who scored twice in a warm up game against Nigeria ten days ago in Florida, knew his time was over and signalled to the bench whilst writhing in pain on the pitch.
Altidore, when speaking to the press after the game, said:
"I was sprinting and I felt something. We’ll see what happens. I was crushed. I knew right away I couldn’t continue. It was the worst feeling."
Hamstring injuries have always been a source of speculation as it's difficult to tell how severe the injury is until the strain or tear is properly assessed.
Despite the Stars and Stripes winning their game yesterday - thanks to an early Clint Demsey strike and a late John Brooks header either side of Andre Ayew's well worked leveler - their tournament could potentially be over in nine days time should the remaining fixtures in group G go against them. The likelihood of Altidore recovering from a hamstring injury in the space of nine days is slim. Should they progress, however, Jozy could still yet have a part to play providing his teammates are able to progress to the knockout stages and his ailment heals quickly.
The fact he was injured after enjoying a fresh start with his national team sums up what has been an utterly miserable season for Jozy, and you can't help but feel for him. We wish him a speedy recovery and we hope he'll be fit enough to return when the Sunderland squad regroup for pre-season training next month.