Howard cleared to play in Slovenia game

PRETORIA - United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, who suffered a rib injury against England, has been given the all-clear by team medical staff and is expected to play in the second Group C match against Slovenia, U.S Soccer said on Monday.

Howard suffered the injury when he slid out at the feet of England striker Emile Heskey during the 1-1 draw in Rustenburg on Saturday but carried on after receiving treatment.

"After a physical examination this morning, the medical staff has determined there is no need to conduct additional testing on goalkeeper Tim Howard," read a statement from U.S Soccer.

"He continues to make substantial improvement and is expected to be available for the match against Slovenia," continued the statement.

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