Hodgson giving Ox time to recover

06 June 2014 05:16

England manager Roy Hodgson is not thinking about replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his World Cup squad.

The Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee injury against Ecuador on Wednesday night and it is now thought to be touch and go regarding his participation in Brazil.

Hodgson, though, is not considering replacing him or calling up cover at this stage.

"There's no change," he said of Oxlade-Chamberlain's situation ahead of Saturday's warm-up against Honduras.

"He's been working with the physios the last couple of days, we will monitor and keep our fingers crossed that it's not too serious and that he will recover in time to take part in this World Cup."

Asked when he would need to make a decision on Oxlade-Chamberlain, he added: "It won't be before we go to Brazil.

"It will be the very, very last moment available to us, which on my understanding is 24 hours before we play the first game. He's working very hard, let's see and hope it's not that serious.

"He's in a positive frame of mind - it was a major blow and he was playing so well. You can imagine how sad he is but his mood is good.

"We spent so much time discussing this squad over the last two months that it won't be difficult to coming up with the right solution (in replacement) but there is no need to consider that yet."

The Honduras game is England's last fixture before their World Cup opener with Italy.

Hodgson, though, is not planning to give his team away for that clash just yet.

"If I was (going to play it against Honduras) I wouldn't be admitting to it," he added at a press conference, televised by Sky Sports News.

"There is no need to give Italy the starting line-up and I haven't told the players the team. We take this game very serious but it will be more than an 11-man game. I'm aware that everyone is trying to second guess the team."

Source: PA