US national team captain Clint Dempsey was a late scratch from Tuesday night's game against Azerbaijan due to an apparent groin issue that had first bothered the striker on Monday during training.
The immediate question was whether Dempsey was healthy – and furthermore, you speculation fiends – whether an injury to a forward might mean that Landon Donovan would get a call back to the national team given that Jurgen Klinsmann called Donovan the 24th player on the 23-man roster.
Alas, all is well with Dempsey and Klinsmann expects his captain to resume training this weekend before taking part in Sunday's friendly against Turkey. Specifically, Klinsmann said that Dempsey will “definitely” start vs. Turkey.
More Klinsmann on Dempsey: "Everything is good." Says Dempsey will "definitely" start vs. Turkey. #USMNT— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) May 29, 2014
Dempsey was limited to vertical runs while training at Stanford this week, avoiding any lateral movements to prevent aggravating his sore groin. Chris Wondolowski filled in admirably for Dempsey, nearly scoring on two headers, but he'll now likely come off the bench.
The team will fly to New York later today before Sunday's match vs. Turkey in New Jersey.