England victory marred by injury crisis

England centre-back Gary Cahill left the pitch after colliding with goalkeeper Joe Hart

England will go into Euro 2012 with a win under their belts but a crisis at the heart of their defence, as John Terry and Gary Cahill both suffered injuries during Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over Belgium at Wembley.

Cahill had a X-ray on a suspected fractured jaw after colliding with goalkeeper Joe Hart, while Terry will have a precautionary scan on Sunday on an injured hamstring.
With just nine days to go until England play Francece, manager Roy Hodgson may have to find emergency replacements for the Chelsea pair.
As first reserve, Liverpool’s Martin Kelly is most likely to step in should Cahill’s X-ray reveals a fracture.
Should Terry also be ruled out of the tournament, it would raise the possibility of a last-minute call up for Rio Ferdinand or Micah Richards, both of whom were overlooked by Hodgson when initially picking his squad.
“Cahill is slightly more of a concern because it’s a jaw injury,” Hodgson said.

“If it is a fractured jaw, which is a distinct possibility, we lose another key element. If it’s a bad bruise, that won’t stop him from going with us or playing. Terry is a slight worry. He has a slight tightening of a hamstring.”
Hodgson admitted that his players had been trained “quite hard” over the last week and felt “quite tight”. Captain Steven Gerrard limped off in the closing stages of Saturday night’s game with cramp, while Danny Welbeck was taken off after 55 minutes to prevent a reaction to antibiotics he has been taking.  (Telegraph.co.uk)


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