Another injury setback for Ox

2014-06-23 12:21
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Supplied)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Supplied)
Cape Town - Any hopes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had of appearing at the World Cup have been dashed after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

The Arsenal winger missed England's opening two group games at Brazil 2014 with a problem he sustained in a warm-up match against Ecuador on June 4.

It was initially hoped that Oxlade-Chamberlain would return to fitness for the clash with Uruguay last Thursday, but he failed to recover in time for the 2-1 defeat.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has now confirmed that the 20-year-old will play no part in their final outing of the tournament Costa Rica, who top Group D having beaten La Celeste and Italy.

Hodgson told a press conference ahead of Tuesday's tie: "Alex had a slight recurrence of the knee problem and will be out."

Oxlade-Chamberlain will report back to the Gunners for treatment when the national team return home later this week as his club look to get him ready for pre-season.

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