Jermaine Jones will be healthy for the Americans’ World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia

U.S. World Cup worries grow, draw with Saudis in last tuneup JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Before the Americans kick off their 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign with a test for Saudi Arabia, they…

Jermaine Jones will be healthy for the Americans' World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia

U.S. World Cup worries grow, draw with Saudis in last tuneup

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Before the Americans kick off their 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign with a test for Saudi Arabia, they have to answer at least four questions, including whether striker Jermaine Jones will be healthy and ready for a full 90 minutes.

Jones had surgery on his left foot last month and will undergo more tests with some other injuries to his lower body to determine his status for the game Monday night against the Saudis at the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said it was a good sign Jones was not injured when Jones re-injured his left foot in the second half of the U.S. Open Cup loss to Nashville SC last week.

“I was very proud of Jermaine,” Klinsmann said. “He had surgery the same day. They say that it’s a two-in-one kind of an operation where they remove the dead bone and the part that’s damaged. He’s had both legs operated on. He’s got his foot in a cast. So he’s been working very hard and very methodically but he’s got good strength and he’s making a lot of progress.”

The U.S. opened its qualifying campaign with a 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia on Friday and has played twice at home this month, first in Columbus and then in Houston.

Jones, 30, is a regular starter but Klinsmann is also thinking about going with Jozy Altidore, who has started in three straight games. Altidore spent the first eight starts of his MLS career on the outside, but his form in the CONCACAF Champions League and the U.S. Open Cup have him back in the fold.

While Altidore has played better in the two games that preceded the opener against Saudi Arabia he has struggled to score when he has been given service.

“Jermaine is a

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