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Dempsey should be able to play with broken nose

Dempsey should be able to play with broken nose

United States' Clint Dempsey lies on the pitch after being kicked in his face during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

SAO PAULO (AP) — 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.

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 after feeling soreness in his right leg.
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