Altidore suspension’s a boost for Sunderland

Jozy Altidore.
Jozy Altidore.
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JOZY Altidore is out of the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Mexico tomorrow night.

But the good news for Sunderland is that the striker is out through suspension rather than injury – and will be fit to face Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The 23-year-old received a yellow card in the dying stages of the USA’s 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday and that means he misses tomorrow’s game against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.

The booking was a massive disappointment for USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who used Altidore as a 71st minute substitute after concerns over his fitness.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio, though, will be delighted having expressed concerns about his players picking up knocks on international duty.

Altidore, who travelled to America with a tight hamstring which had ruled him out of Sunderland’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. will now be able to return to the Academy of Light this week to work on his fitness with a first outing in a Sunderland shirt as Steven Fletcher’s strike partner in prospect this weekend.

The Fletcher-Altidore partnership was always going to be the Sunderland boss’s first-choice strike force – and there is now every chance supporters will see it in action when Arsenal come to the Stadium of Light.