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Howard seems ready for Americans

Updated: June 15, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
Associated Press

IRENE, South Africa -- Tim Howard walked to the swimming pool, sporting a Band-Aid over his ribs.

The message to his American teammates was clear.

"That just gives us confidence as his partners to expect him out there," defender Jay DeMerit said Tuesday.

Howard needed an injection of a painkiller to play the second half of Saturday's World Cup-opening 1-1 tie against England following a collision in which Emile Heskey's boot landed in the goalkeeper's midsection.

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