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World Cup: U.S. goalie Tim Howard is OK to play against Slovenia


U.S. goalie Tim Howard was examined by team medical staff Monday and is expected to play Friday against Group C Slovenia.

Howard is making "substantial improvement" after a collision with Emile Heskey in Saturday night's 1-1 draw against England, U.S. Soccer said in a statement. The medical staff determined no further tests will be needed on Howard's bruised ribs.

The United States is tied with England for second place in Group C.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and England's Emile Heskey collide Saturday. Credit: Dylan Martinez / Reuters

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