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James Maddison trains away from England squad again with role in Iran game in doubt

The midfielder was substituted during Leicester’s win against West Ham on Saturday

Simon Peach
Friday 18 November 2022 11:35 GMT
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James Maddison was again the only player to train away from the main group on Friday as England continued to gear up for their World Cup opener with Iran.

The Three Lions kick off Group B against Iran on Monday (21 November), before facing the United States and neighbours Wales.

Maddison hopes to be fit for the start of the tournament after a positive scan on the knee complaint that saw him substituted in the first half of Leicester’s win at West Ham last weekend.

The midfielder came out for the pre-session huddle on Friday but worked away from the main group for the second straight day due to what the Football Association called load management.

“It’s okay,” Maddison said on Wednesday. “We had a scan the day before we met up.

“It was a positive scan. It wasn’t any major problems. I have to do a bit of work to get up to speed with the physios here, but it should be no concern.”

Asked if the issue will impact his tournament, Maddison said: “I hope not, no.

“We’ve got to tick a few boxes with the physio team, there might be a bit of separate work, extra work to make sure it’s right and not a problem because I want to be fully, 100 per cent if called upon. I’m hopeful I will be fine.”

Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips were among the 25 training at England’s Al Wakrah Sports Complex base as they build fitness after injury. Walker has already been ruled out of the Three Lions’ match against Iran.

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