Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has given Roy Hodgson some major concerns with suspected damaged knee ligaments during England’s 2-2 draw with Ecuador tonight, while team-mate Jack Wilshere’s withdrawal was confirmed as precautionary after he sustained cramp.
If the Ox’s injury is as bad as thought, it appears likely he will miss the upcoming World Cup due to kick off in just over a weeks time. The Arsenal star had injected some much needed energy into the Three Lions attack, but was left limping after a tangle with Ecuador’s Carlos Gruezo.
It has been an injury plagued season for the youngster who missed half the Premier League season with an ACL injury on the opening day of the campaign, while he missed the final run-in and FA Cup success at Wembley with a persistent groin problem.
It appears luck is not on his side with Hodgson revealing they fear knee ligament damage, yet another unfortunate knock that will likely render him unavailable for the tournament in Brazil.
The England boss revealed:
It’s obviously too close to the incident but we did see that his knee buckled when the player tumbled into him.
We have our fears there may be some ligament damage but we won’t know until he has a scan.
[On Wilshere and Luke Shaw’s withdrawal] It was cramp. We took them off for those reasons alone.
You have to feel sorry for The Ox who has endured a tough time injury-wise this season and has struggled to gain momentum with both Arsenal and England. He looked sharp after his return earlier this year and did offer England an exciting option in the midfield/on the wing this summer.
Fingers crossed the diagnosis is not as bad when he has a scan tomorrow. Get well soon Ox!
Update: Wilshere has taken to twitter to express his hope for his teammates recovery:
“Good to get my 1st start since March, legs gave up in the end, cramp in both calfs! Good team performance in tough conditions! #1StepCloser Hope @Alex_OxChambo is fine and fit to carry on! Thought he was excellent tonight and gives us something different! #PrayForOx”