World Cup 2014: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain NOT yet ruled out, with injury to keep England midfielder sidelined for two weeks

Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured during the 2-2 draw with Ecuador on Wednesday night

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."

England 2 Ecuador 2 match report

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 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.

Watch Sam Wallace's latest World Cup video from Miami below:

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.

Read more: Will Sterling be suspended for the World Cup?
Oxlade-Chamberlain fear for England
Ox loss would be 'massive blow', says Hodgson

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.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Teeth should be brushed twice a day to prevent tooth decay
education
News
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
news
Sport
footballChelsea 6 Maribor 0: Blues warm up for Premier League showdown with stroll in Champions League - but Mourinho is short of strikers
News
Those who were encouraged to walk in a happy manner remembered less negative words
science
Arts and Entertainment
Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'
tvReview: The anachronistic aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention
News
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
i100
Life and Style
tech

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

News
There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law
news

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London