Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be available for England selection on Monday after taking a step forward in his recovery.
Roy Hodgson is set to name his preliminary squad for the trip to Brazil on Monday, luckily for the young England midfielder he’s set to reintegrate into the Gunners set up this week ahead of their FA Cup final clash.
The Ox sustained a groin injury against Hull City last month, placing his involvement in Arsenal’s trip to Wembley in serious doubt with worries of missing the World Cup starting to set in.
Wenger is pleased to report however that he is making good progress and should be involved in this summers competition in Brazil.
The Gunners boss provided an update of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness after today’s 2-0 win over Norwich City:
The news is good. He should reintegrate into the squad on Wednesday in normal training.
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He will be available for Roy [Hodgson] to pick him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was picked.
If the players are not injured. Players like Oxlade-Chamberlain are not overplayed, they can absorb competition to come back and need minimal rest before they start competition next year.
I’m not too worried for that. The only danger for us is if the player is not medically fit. But I trust the medical team in England if they travel. I think they have their first camp in Portugal and they will know after that.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s availability for the Cup final will be a welcomed boost however it’s unlikely he will start. Having an option of his type and ability will be welcomed from the bench as he has the potential to inject pace and agility into the Gunners attack.
There is no doubt a feeling of relief for the player himself after Wenger revealed on Friday that he faced a crucial three or four days in his recovery. He will no doubt be selected in Hodgson’s Three Lions squad and can look forward to Saturday before turning his attention to a Brazil.