Thursday June 5 2014
England have injury concern

England’s World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believed to have suffered knee ligament damage.

The winger was forced off with the injury during the Three Lions’ 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday having been caught by opponent Carlos Gruezo.

Fears in the English media are that the Arsenal player has suffered ligament damage to his knee and he faces a scan during the course of Thursday to determine this and if he is out of the World Cup.

“It would be an enormous blow if we were to lose him. He did ever so well and looked really, really sharp,” Coach Roy Hodgson commented after yesterday’s game, in which Oxlade-Chamberlain had provided the assist for England’s opener.

“His knee buckled under the challenge as the player turned into him. At the moment, he doesn't know how to feel because he doesn't know how serious the injury is.”

England face Honduras on Saturday in a final pre-tournament fixture before opening their World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus on June 14.