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.

More In This Category

Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the SWC final, has decided to quit as coach, Argentine has media reported.
The Japanese referee whose decisions in the opening match of the SWC triggered a storm of controversy has hit back at critics.
Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players.
England's dismal SWC campaign in Brazil was doubly disappointing for Britain's pub operators, prompting soccer fans to stay at home.
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk