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Ox ruled out of Uruguay tie

2014-06-19 13:27
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Supplied)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Supplied)
Cape Town - England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play no part in their Group D clash against Uruguay on Thursday.

The Arsenal winger is still working his way back from a knee injury sustained in the Three Lions' final World Cup warm-up match against Honduras.

It was initially anticipated that Oxlade-Chamberlain would be fit to face La Celeste at Arena de Sao Paulo, but he will have to wait a little longer to make his World Cup debut.

Hodgson told a press conference ahead of his team's second Group D encounter: "He is not in contention for tomorrow, but he will take part in the next four training sessions.

"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 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."

Oxlade-Chamberlain was included in Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 at the age of 18 and he went on to start in their opening game of the tournament against France.

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