Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not yet been ruled out of the World Cup finals, with his knee injury sustained on Wednesday night likely to rule him out for two weeks.
The Arsenal man had a scan today which showed a strain of his medial ligaments rather than a tear. He is wearing a brace on his right knee and still hopes that he could be fit for the World Cup finals which begin for England on 14 June against Italy
"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a medial knee ligament injury during the game against Ecuador," an FA statement read.
"The England medical team are continuing to monitor and treat the injury."
The injury gives Roy Hodgson something of a selection headache as he ponders whether to call up a replacement for the Arsenal youngster.
The England manager said: "It is very disappointing for Alex and the team that he sustained an injury. It’s too early to make any decisions about what happens next – it is only 24 hours since the match so we have to wait and see. In the meantime, Alex is having regular assessment and treatment. The England medical team is in direct dialogue with their Arsenal counterparts and we obviously are all hoping for the best.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain limped out of the 2-2 draw with Ecuador in a World Cup warm-up on Wednesday, after a fairly innocuous collision with Carlos Gruezo midway through the second half. Hodgson spoke pessimistically afterwards, as he showed a clear concern that the 20-year-old could miss the entire tournament in Brazil as a result.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one that bothers,” he said. “His knee buckled under the challenge as the player turned into him."
Should Oxlade-Chamberlain recover in exactly two weeks, he would be able to face Uruguay in England’s second Group D match on 19 June.
The best players struggling to be ready in time for the World Cup
The best players struggling to be ready in time for the World Cup
1/8 Cristiano Ronaldo
The Real Madrid player has the capacity to take Portugal deep into the competition all by himself. If he's fit that is. The Portuguese FA have confirmed the £80m man is suffering from tendinosis in his left knee, as well as a muscular problem in his left thigh. It's seen him miss the recent warm-up match with Greece and he's expected to miss Portugal's other remaining warm-up games. Portugal's first game is against Germany on June 16.
2/8 Robin van Persie
The Netherlands forward has been forced to play down concerns after he was withdrawn at half-time in the recent warm-up match with Wales. The Manchester United striker said it was just a precaution, but that he was sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury towards the end of the season and reports of a groin problem persisting, the Dutchman has to be considered a doubt. Louis van Gaal will be keeping his fingers crossed that his side's leading striker will be ready for their first game against Spain on June 13.
3/8 Luis Suarez
There is no doubt over the injury concerns surrounding Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker underwent knee surgery and is in a race to return in time. Varied reports over his recovery have been emanating from the Uruguay camp, with England among those paying close attention with the teams due to meet in Sao Paulo on June 19. His Liverpool team-mates in the England squad have said they expect to face the Premier League golden boot winner at the World Cup.
4/8 Wayne Rooney
England's talisman was shunted out to the left in the most recent warm-up match against Ecuador - but it did see him pick up a goal in the 2-2 draw. Questions over the Manchester United striker's fitness in the build-up to the tournament and that he was the only player to start both England's most recent games suggest there are concerns. He looks set to start in England's first game of the tournament against Italy on June 14, but will he be as sharp as he can be?
5/8 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
One England player certainly up against it is Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain. The youngster was hurt in the warm-up match against Ecuador and faces roughly two-weeks on the sidelines.
6/8 Diego Costa
He might have been fit enough to pass a medical for Chelsea but there is uncertainty over whether he will be ready for Spain's first game of the tournament against Netherlands. Vicente del Bosque took something of a risk including the Brazilian born player who is suffering with a thigh muscle problem, particular considering the Spain manager left Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo at home. He and all of Spain will be hoping Costa can replicate the form that helped Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title, rather than see a repeat of when he hobbled off in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
7/8 Manuel Neuer
The Germany goalkeeper has not played since picking up a shoulder injury in the German cup final three weeks ago and is a major doubt for the tournament. Easily the best keeper in the world, the 28-year-old will miss his country's final warm-up game against Armenia. If Neuer, who is yet to train with the team, is ruled out then Borussia Dortmund stopper Roman Weidenfeller will step in.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is struggling to be fit in time for his side's opener against Japan. Toure has been struggling with a thigh injury since mid-April and has not completed a full training session with the Elephants. The dominant 31-year-old, Manchester City's star man in their Premier League title win, went to Qatar for treatment at the end of the season but has not been able to play in either warm-up game against Bosnia or El Salvador.
The news comes as a blow to Hodgson who saw Oxlade-Chamberlain shine at the Sun Life Stadium, as England faltered to a draw with the South American sixth-seeds.
Under Fifa’s rules, a replacement can be called-up until a day before a nation’s first match, which in this case means Hodgson will need to make a decision on whether to stick with Oxlade-Chamberlain for the duration of the tournament in the danger that he could miss the entire campaign in Brazil.
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Both Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on the seven-man stand-by list Hodgson announced to provide cover for any injuries, with the latter the more likely to be called up despite currently enjoying a holiday in Ibiza with his wife Lisa.
But Hodgson could look at his squad and feel that he has enough midfielders to cope with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence, with Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan also ready and waiting for a call which would allow James Milner to return to his natural position on the right midfield rather than the makeshift right-back position that he was deployed in on Wednesday night.
The other players to make up the stand-by list includes Everton defender John Stones, West Ham striker Andy Carroll and Toronto’s Jermain Defoe, while goalkeeper replacement John Ruddy is unlikely to be called upon unless something happens to one of the three goalkeepers currently in the squad.Reuse content