USA's Dempsey has nasal fracture, expected to be ready for Portugal

The American star will be available to play against Portugal on Sunday despite breaking his nose Monday night against Portugal.
SAO PAULO -- U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey is expected to play against Portugal in World Cup Group G action on Sunday, U.S. Soccer confirmed to Goal's Ives Galarcep.

The Seattle Sounders man fractured his nose after being kicked in the face during the USA's 2-1 victory over Ghana Monday night in Natal, Brazil.

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Dempsey played through the pain after his face met the foot of John Boye in the 32nd minute. He said he had trouble breathing but still managed to finish out the match.

Dempsey scored for the U.S. just 34 seconds into the team's Group G opener. American defender John Brooks had the game-winner four minutes after Ghana's Andre Ayew leveled the match in the 82nd minute.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is still awaiting MRI results on Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler, both of whom left the Ghana game with hamstring injuries.

The U.S. will face Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Sunday.