England manager Roy Hodgson is confident about Arsenal FC midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recovering in time for the World Cup.
England’s preparation for the World Cup hasn’t started as planned as Roy Hodgson’s managed their second draw in a row. England failed to score past a Honduras side who were reduced to 10 men on Saturday, and the lack of goals could be a cause for worry in the upcoming tournament. But Roy Hodgson will be grateful for the fact that his squad came out of this without any injury scare, despite facing a physical Hungary side.
England start their World Cup campaign on 14th June with their much awaited clash against Italy, and the good news is that Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be available for this game. The Three Lions are already missing out on players like Theo Walcott, Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend due to injuries, and they received further scare during their match against Ecuador when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a knee-injury. The midfielder struggled with his fitness last season and initial diagnosis suggested that he could be out of action for three weeks. But England manager Roy Hodgson has now revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is recovering well from the injury and is confident about him featuring in the tournament.
“It’s time for the real thing now.
“Everyone is fit. Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress. I think he’ll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt.” – The England manager said in an interview after the game against Honduras.
“He is making big strides forward, I’d be very surprised if the doctors tell us he wouldn’t be capable of playing a part in the tournament.
“That’s what we are hoping for. But there are still a few assessments to be made on him. I wouldn’t want to suggest that is a stonewall certainty.” – He added.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is also hoping that Oxlade-Chamberlain recovers in time as he confident that the young Arsenal midfielder will be a big plus for the squad.
“He can’t do anything out of his leg brace yet. He’s a young lad, hopefully he’s a quick healer. We’d love to keep him. If he can get himself fit and play like he did the other night then he’s definitely worth keeping hold of.” – Jagielka said.