Jozy Altidore has been cleared to play and U.S. Soccer has announced the forward is ready for Tuesday's clash against Belgium at the World Cup.

Altidore, who was injured in the World Cup opener against Ghana, worked out with the U.S. team on Monday in Salvador.

The New Jersey-born forward strained his left hamstring 20 minutes into the first half against Ghana and has not played since.

He's thought to be the best option for the U.S. at the top of their formation and without him against Germany, the U.S. managed just four shots.

Altidore has scored 23 goals in 71 career appearances with the U.S. team and has scored 10 times in 19 games in the past 18 months.

This has been no word as of yet if Altidore will be immediately named as a starter against Belgium.

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