Injuries Mounting For Hodgson
Following on from the news that Andros Townsend is out of contention for the World Cup, it's being reported that Roy Hodgson has a number of other injury concerns as he prepares his 23 man squad - but equally today other reports suggest they will all be fine.
Latest to be talked about as being doubts are Everton's Phil Jagielka, Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Spurs' Kyle Walker.
With the announcement of the squad due on May 12th, the England boss certainly has some headaches at the minute but apparently he has been assured that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere will recover in time for contention.
'Jack has been training for the team for a while, I spoke to Arsene, who said he was holding him back, and from my conversation, I don't think there is too much to worry about with Oxlade-Chamberlain either.'
Whether that proves to be true or whether either player suffers complications remains to be seen, but having already seen Townsend, Jay Rodriguez and Walcott removed from contention the more good news he can get the better.
The same apparent contradiction seems to apply to Jagielka as well, as Hodgson goes on to confirm that following a bit of scouting it seems he is responding and playing well in training, and it's possible Roberto Martinez might call on him this weekend as well.
Kyle Walker is another in the news today, and Hodgson said that the claims of him being out for ten weeks has not been said 'for certain' it just remains possible, however there is an obvious concern given how long he has already been out.
'We are monitoring Kyle. We haven't been told for certain he'll be out for six to ten weeks, but we are concerned he has been out a long time and has not been able to do any training as far as we know.'
For Walker it seems to depend on how another injection goes for him, but as applies to the other players listed as doubts, Roy also confirms that he is not 'prepared to have a 100% rule that you either play in the last game of the season or you don't go - I'm not prepared to do that.'
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