Euro 2012: England’s Gary Cahill ruled out with double jaw fracture

Gary Cahill is ruled out of the European championship with a double jaw fracture. Liverpool's Martin Kelly called up

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Gary Cahill was forced off during the 1-0 win over Belgium The Sport Review

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Gary Cahill has become the latest England player to be ruled out of the European championship after the Football Association confirmed the Chelsea defender suffered a double jaw fracture during Saturday’s win over Belgium.

The centre-half was forced off during the 1-0 victory after colliding heavily with goalkeeper Joe Hart. Liverpool defender Martin Kelly, 22, has been called up as Cahill’s replacement, subject to Uefa approval.

An FA statement read: “Gary Cahill has been withdrawn from England’s Euro 2012 squad following the injury he suffered in the match against Belgium.

“The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one either side. The England medical team have been in close contact overnight with Cahill’s club doctors who will treat him moving forward.”

The FA also confirmed that John Terry’s scan on a hamstring strain revealed no damage, but the Chelsea captain will be reassessed on Tuesday.

Cahill joins a lengthy list of casualties to have been ruled out of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after John Ruddy (fractured finger), Gareth Barry (abdomen) and Frank Lampard (thigh) were all forced to withdraw from Roy Hodgson’s original 23-man squad.

Liverpool’s Kelly has been called up ahead of the more experienced duo of Micah Richards and Rio Ferdinand, who were both omitted from Hodgson’s original squad for the tournament.

The statement continued: “Martin Kelly will be called into the squad – subject to agreement from Uefa’s medical team. Kelly trained with the England players last week and was part of the group that travelled to Norway.”

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