Roy Hodgson gives latest England injury update on Arsenal star

Roy Hodgson confirms that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not ready to play for England against Uruguay

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Photo: Arsenal FC

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not fit to feature in England’s crunch World Cup clash with Uruguay on Thursday, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

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The Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since picking up a minor knee injury during the warm-up draw with Ecuador earlier this month but has since returned to Three Lions training.

However, the 20-year-old is still not ready for competitive action and Hodgson is refusing to take any gambles over his fitness.

“He is not in contention for tomorrow, but he will take part in the next four training sessions,” said Hodgson.

“Today [Wednesday] was his last training session as, if you like, an individual.

“At the minute, we could have taken a chance with him tomorrow, but it would be much better if he uses the four days after this game and before the Costa Rica game to train with the team.

“Fortunately for us, his actual injury has responded really well to treatment but I don’t think we will put him into the firing line tomorrow before he has had some training sessions with the team.”

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