Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Uruguay match
SAO PAULO (AP) – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still not fit enough to play for England at the World Cup, with the midfielder ruled out of today’s match against Uruguay.
The 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder injured knee ligaments two weeks ago in a warm-up against Ecuador, and was mostly restricted to fitness work away from his teammates in Sao Paulo yesterday.
“He’s not in contention for tomorrow [today] but he will take part in the next full training session,” England coach Roy Hodgson said yesterday. “At the limit, we could have taken a chance with him tomorrow [today] but it’ll be better to use the four days before the Costa Rica game to train with the team.
“His injury has responded very well to treatment and I don’t think we’ll put him into the firing line tomorrow [today] before he has some training sessions with the team.”
England play Uruguay in Sao Paulo after losing 2-1 to Italy in their opening match in Group D. Uruguay lost 3-1 to Costa Rica.