England's Euro 2012 Chances Undermined by Injury
Yesterdays 1-0 victory versus Belgium has created even further problems for Roy Hodgson as England head into their opening fixture of the tournament against France, on the 11th June.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill went straight to hospital from Wembley on Saturday night for a scan to determine whether or not he has a broken jaw after he was hurt in a 17th-minute collision with goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Whilst his Chelsea team-mate John Terry Terry, who denies the charge, was also in the wars. His game ended after he was substituted during the second half with a hamstring strain. On top of all this, Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott finished the game with his head heavily bandaged after taking a nasty knock.
These 3 players join an ever-growing list of the first team squad being ruled out of the tournament. Frank Lampard, John Ruddy and Gareth Barry are all players England will have to make to without at the European Championship.
Scott Parker was also a doubt at one point. But a full 90 minutes at Wembley this weekend put any fear regarding his fitness to one side.
From yesterdays injuries, Cahill is the only player to have been definitely ruled out Scans this afternoon confirmed the Chelsea centre back had a double jaw fracture. – Liverpool right back Martin Kelly has been called up to replace him.
Liverpool right-back Kelly has been called up as a replacement for Cahill, who had been hoping to cap off a strong season with his first appearance at a senior international tournament.
The inclusion of Kelly had raised eyebrows in some quarters – especially as it means he goes to the Euros instead of Manchester City starter Micah Richards.
However, unbeknown to some, Richards actually refused a place on the stand-by list after Hodgson snubbed him for the main squad – which has now cost him a place in the major tournament.
John Terry’s condition is set to be reassessed this Tuesday, after this a decision will be made as to whether he will feature in the tournament. Aside from Terry, England’s only remaining recognised centre backs are Lescott, Phil Jagielka and Phil Jones.
This will be worrying for England fans, an inexperienced defence will create a huge weakness for Hodgson’s Three Lions in Ukraine. Especially considering the quality of Europe’s top forwards.
Finger’s crossed Terry will be passed as fit during the week, his experience, passion and work ethic are exactly what’s needed for England to have any form of success come England’s group games of Euro 2012.
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