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The American won't be in the line-up this weekend.

Hull City forward Jozy Altidore, 20, whose parents hail from Haiti, could miss Saturday's trip to White Hart Lane - when the Tigers take on Tottenham Hotspur - on compassionate grounds. The USA international is "devastated" and "heartbroken" over the recent earthquake that may have taken the lives of two of his uncles.

"My mum has a lot of family members there and good friends and we haven’t been able to reach anybody," Altidore shared with The Mirror.

"It’s devastating," he added. "I’m heartbroken. I have nothing but fond memories of my time visiting Haiti and this is hard to accept.

"I still can’t believe what has happened," he said. The earthquake, which reached a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale, is believed to have taken the lives of over 100,000 people. "It’s tough to deal with but we are trying our best to stay positive.

"To see the pictures, hear the screams on the videos and see the blood is horrible and hard to take."

He appealed: "This is a test for the world and for each other to see if we can dig deep and help out to make sure these people can be made safe. We need to respond as a nation and as a world, because the people there need our help."

Altidore added to The Press Association: "We are just praying - that is all we can do right now because communicating with Haiti is very difficult. There is not much [news] in terms of the status of my family. We have been constantly tracking the Red Cross website but we still can't get through to anybody there. We know as much as everybody else.

"I want to go now if I'm able to make the trip over and help in any way. My mother and father [Joseph and Giselle] are also looking into going, but I'm also concerned for their safety there."

He concluded by remarking: "Football is very important to me obviously and I've put a lot of hours into it, but it puts everything into perspective when a tragedy like this happens."

Tigers' manager Phil Brown is said to be considering granting Altidore a period of grievance as the player may not be in the right frame of mind for competitive football.

"He [Brown] was very positive and very concerned about the situation and he asked me if I needed time to be with my family and if there were any updates."