England manager Roy Hodgson is optimistic Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit to play a part in the FIFA World Cup despite suffering knee ligament damage.
The FA confirmed the injury which potentially could cost the Gunners star his place in Brazil, but the England medical staff are hoping to work their magic to have the youngster back in contention for their at least the final group game.
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered the injury in the Three Lions 2-2 draw with Ecuador, falling awkwardly after a tangle with Carlos Gruezo on Wednesday night. Scans were undertaken the following day, with medial ligament damage evident in the results.
Hodgson is remaining optimistic over the wingers fitness however as it appears he may not have suffered a tear. He is expected to be out for two to three weeks but still remains in the picture.
Speaking at a Vauxhall-sponsored England fans’ forum, Hodgson said:
We will do everything in our power to keep him (in the squad). Our medical team are optimistic and he is optimistic. We can’t say how long for certain it will take him to recover but obviously he will get very extensive treatment.
We have the right to replace him if we want to up to 24 hours before the first game. We will do everything we can to keep him with us because: a) we would we like to think we might go beyond the group stage although we can’t guarantee it, we are certainly planning for it. And b) he played so well yesterday. He was undoubtedly our best player in the time he played and it would be a major blow if we lose him.
A disappointing blow for the England midfielder especially, as Hodgson said, he looked dangerous against Ecuador. The 20-year-old is remaining positive though and is entirely focused on recuperating to regain fitness for the illustrious tournament.
The Ox took to twitter to share his thoughts:
Gutted to have picked up an injury yesterday. I’m staying positive and getting to work with the medical team on recovery.. Fingers crossed!
Get well soon Ox!