[BRAZIL 2014] The first of England's two games in Miami was costly as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of the bright spots in a 2-2 tie, suffered suspected ligament damage to his right knee late in the game. If he's lost for the World Cup, he will join a long list in what has been a rough week for player injuries.
World Cup Injury Casualties:
May 31.Luis Montes(Mexico) suffered a broken leg minutes after scoring against Ecuador and will miss the World Cup.Segundo Castilloinjured his knee in the collision that broke Montes' leg will go to the World Cup despite being ruled out for three weeks.
May 31.Riccardo Montolivo(Italy) broke his leg in a challenge by defender Alex Pearce in the Azzurri's match with Ireland in London and was lost for the World Cup.
May 31.Jerry Akaminko(Ghana) broke his ankle suffered in stoppage time of the Black Stars' 1-0 loss to the Netherlands and was dropped from their World Cup team.
May 29.Alvaro Saborio(Costa Rica), one of just three holdovers from the Ticos' 2006 World Cup roster, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot at practice and will be sidelined 3-4 months, missing much of the MLS regular season with Real Salt Lake.
May 28.Rafael van der Vaart (Netherlands) suffered a calf strain in his right leg in training and was dropped from the Oranje's World Cup on days after joining the team after helping Hamburg avoid relegation in the German promotion-relegation playoffs.
The often-injured Oxlade-Chamberlain had helped set up the first England goal scored by Wayne Rooney, but later Ecuadoran Carlos Gruezo rolled into Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Englishman fouled him. A scan is scheduled for Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
“His knee buckled under the challenge as the player turned into him," said England coach Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson would not speculate about whom he might call up as a replacement -- one of the players on his original standby list was Toronto FC's Jermain Defoe -- but he added: “You’re asking questions I hope I will not need to answer. My hope is that Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be seriously injured. He did ever so well and looked really sharp. It would be an enormous blow if we were to lose him, so I’d prefer to concentrate on the satisfaction and positivity I can take from the game.”
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That positivity did not include Hodgson's assessment of the performance of young Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who set up Rickie Lambert for the second England goal. Hodgson said the media were obsessed with the England debutant.
“He had some good moments," the England coach said, "but he lost the ball an awful lot of times as well. If he’s going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions as to when he turns with the ball. I think he needs to learn when he can turn with the ball and when he has to keep the ball. But that’s quite normal for a player his age. That’s not a criticism but there were other performances out there who merited your obsession more than Ross Barkley’s. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones were outstanding, Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park, Rickie Lambert scored a magnificent goal.”
PRE-WORLD CUP, Wednesday:
June 4 in Frisco, Texas
Ivory Coast 2 El Salvador 1
June 4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England 2 Ecuador 2
June 4 in La Plata
Argentina 3 Trinidad & Tobago 0
June 4 in Montevideo
Uruguay 2 Slovenia 0
June 4 in Valparaiso
Chile 2 Northern Ireland 0
June 4 in Verona
Italy 1 Luxembourg 1
June 4 in Amsterdam
Netherlands 2 Wales 0
June 4 in Geneva
Algeria 2 Romania 1
Injury Reports ...
CR7 UPDATE.Cristiano Ronaldo was seen training with the ball for the first time as at the start of Portugal's Wednesday session open to the media at the New York Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J. Real Madrid teammate Raul Meirelesand he continue to work on their own, though. Goalkeeper Beto resumed training with the team, while defender Pepe continues to be limited to work at the team hotel.