Welbeck worry for England
England's Danny Welbeck (Supplied)
Rio de Janeiro - England striker Wayne Rooney has said on Wednesday that he expects Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck to be fit to face Italy on Saturday despite an injury scare.
"Danny will be fine," Rooney told a press conference at England's Rio
de Janeiro training base ahead of his side's World Cup Group D opener
"I'm sure he'll be ready for Saturday. He's just not
risked anything today, but he'll train on Friday and will be available
for Saturday I'm sure."
British newspapers on Tuesday said Welbeck
had been forced out of a closed training session with a thigh injury
and he did not train with the squad on Wednesday.
midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is working his way back to
fitness after damaging knee ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador, was
The Football Association has yet to comment on Welbeck's status.
warm sunshine at the Urca military base, which looks out over Guanabara
Bay, England players were put through possession and coordination
exercises in the part of the session that was open to the media.
condition of the pitch at Manaus's Amazonia Arena has become a source
of concern amid reports it is dry and has bare patches, but Rooney
played down the matter.
"We're not sure," Rooney said. "It's the same for ourselves and Italy, so we'll both have to deal with that."
FA official has confirmed that a member of England's back-room staff
will inspect the pitch after the squad arrives in Manaus on Thursday.
have also decided not to train at their FIFA-allocated training ground
on Thursday and will instead train at the team hotel.
They will then train at the Amazonia Arena for the first time on Friday, 24 hours before facing Cesare Prandelli's Italy.