The weekend’s Premier League action has left England manager Roy Hodgson with a number of injury concerns ahead of the upcoming international friendlies with Chile and Germany, ESPN
Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United’s Michael Carrick are the players posing problems for Hodgson, with Gerrard’s hip, Sturridge’s foot and Carrick’s Achilles the issues.
Hodgson’s Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers revealed that the involvement of his players in the international games depends on the results of further investigation into the injuries. “It is something they are going to have a look at,” Rodgers said. “Daniel hurt his foot and I just have to see how he is with the medical guys. Steven was a wee bit stiff around his hip. Again, he needs to be assessed.”
Gerrard added: “I’ve got a bit of a niggle. It’s nothing major and I’ll get it seen to over the next couple of days and hopefully I can pull through for the England games.”
Carrick, meanwhile, is expected to miss both games, despite playing the full 90 minutes of United’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday. “I have been carrying the injury for a few weeks now,” he said. “I was a bit patched up to play. I got through it but it doesn’t look too good.”
England first meet Chile on Friday before hosting Germany on November 19. The Three Lions have booked safe passage to the World Cup in 2014, as have both of their opponents – Chile claiming a qualification place in the South American group with Germany, like England, going unbeaten in their lot of fixtures.
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