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World Cup notes: Clint Dempsey should be OK to play despite broken nose
First Published Jun 17 2014 10:22 pm • Last Updated Jun 17 2014 11:25 pm

• The U.S. Soccer Federation says captain Clint Dempsey should be able to play in Sunday’s World Cup game against Portugal despite a broken nose.

Dempsey scored 30 seconds into Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, then was bloodied by a shin to the face from defender John Boye when they battled for a header in the 33rd minute.

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U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said Tuesday it had not been determined whether Dempsey would need to play with a mask.

Forward Jozy Altidore and defender Matt Besler went for scans Tuesday after coming out of the game with hamstring problems. Altidore injured his left leg during the first half, and Besler came out at halftime with soreness in his right leg.

Portugal defender to miss rest of tourney

• Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a muscle strain.

Portugal plays the United States in Manaus on Saturday and will also be without suspended defender Pepe.




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