England's Ox back for Uruguay
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (AFP)
Rio de Janeiro - England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return from injury
in time for his side's second World Cup game against Uruguay, manager
Roy Hodgson revealed on Tuesday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20, damaged
ligaments in his right knee during a friendly against Ecuador last week,
but he trained wearing a protective brace on Monday.
is expected to miss England's opening Group D match against Italy in
Manaus on Saturday, Hodgson is hopeful that the Arsenal man will be
available to face Uruguay in Sao Paulo on June 19.
"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did very well," Hodgson told a press conference at England's Urca training base in Rio de Janeiro.
may have seen the running he was doing -- very positive. He was running
so well and so fast and we will be stepping up his recovery in due
"We are hoping (he will be back) for Uruguay, but there's no guarantee."
also allayed fears about the fitness of captain Steven Gerrard, who cut
short his training session on Monday after complaining of tightness in
"We did a training session where the players who didn't
play on Saturday (against Honduras) trained, and some of the others did
a warm-down session," Hodgson said.
"Steven did some extra work
at the end of that training session. There's nothing wrong with him and I
don't understand that story at all."
England approach the World
Cup buoyed by the emergence of several exciting young players, such as
19-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and 20-year-old Everton
midfielder Ross Barkley.
However, Hodgson hinted that the fixture against Cesare Prandelli's Italy may be an occasion for more experienced campaigners.
very exciting," Hodgson said. "We have a lot of potential, but before
we build people up too much and say how good they are, let's see some
"Let's calm down before we say we have
world-beaters, because to have world-beaters, you have to put an
international shirt on and play very well.
"We have more pace,
more mobility, a lot of technical players. I'm not trying to play down
that the future is bright, but what I'm saying is at this World Cup, we
are also going to need our experienced players."