England boss Roy Hodgson admits concern over Gareth Barry injury

Gareth Barry will undergo a scan on a groin injury on Sunday after limping off during England's 1-0 win in Norway on Saturday

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Roy Hodgson admitted Gareth Barry’s groin injury is a concern after the Manchester City midfielder limped out of England’s 1-0 victory over Norway in Oslo on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old replaced captain Steven Gerrard at half-time, but Barry lasted under 20 minutes before being replaced by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.

Hodgson revealed the midfielder will go for a scan on Sunday to ascertain the severity of the problem, and the England manager may be forced to draft in a replacement for Barry in time for Tuesday’s deadline to name his squad for Euro 2012.

“I’m not prepared to say it is serious,” Hodgson told the BBC. “But it is certainly going to dominate our attention and we don’t have a lot of time if the scan shows there is something more than minor.

“I spoke to Gareth and he told me ‘I think I need a scan’. Something happened during the course of the game and now we need to see how it is.”

There was good news for Hodgson as Scott Parker appeared to come through the friendly unscathed after recovering from an Achilles problem which had affected the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder towards the end of the season.

“Scott’s been okay,” he added. “We wanted to give him a bit longer that 45 minutes but at the moment there’s no reaction.

Meanwhile, Hodgson defended Gerrard’s full-blooded tackle which resulted in Norwegian defender Tom Hogli being taken off injured, describing the Liverpool skipper’s challenge as “brave.”

“I thought it was a fair tackle,” Hodgson added.

“There was certainly no intention to injure the player and there was no question of his studs being up. I thought it was a very strong and brave tackle and one I hope my players are going to be putting in in the Euros.”

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