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Fabio loses star midfield duo

17 Nov 2008 - 13:59:26

Jimmy Bullard and Scott Parker have been called up into the England squad for the friendly international against Germany, after Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were ruled out by injury.

Gerrard and Lampard are struggling with groin and rib injuries respectively and have returned to their clubs after initially reporting for international duty with the rest of Fabio Capello's squad.

The star duo's absence has meant late calls for Fulham's Bullard and West Ham's midfield enforcer Parker.

Capello was also forced to call up Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson on Sunday, after Joe Hart had sustained an ankle injury in Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Hull City.

However, regular England skipper John Terry now seems set to play in Germany, after a foot injury sustained at the weekend proved to be less serious than was at first feared.

Liverpool had previously confirmed that they expected Gerrad to be ruled out, with spokesman Ian Cotton stating: "Steven picked up an injury in the game at Bolton.

"A scan has confirmed a tear in the adductor magnus muscle in his right leg and he is expected to be out between seven to ten days."


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