Injured Clemence returns home early

11 June 2012 08:50

England coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed his side's injury "hoodoo" has struck again - this time to goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence.

The former keeper, a long-standing member of the Three Lions backroom team, had to be carried off after snapping his Achilles tendon in the pre-match warm-up.

With the aid of crutches, the 63-year-old was able to watch Monday night's 1-1 draw with France at the Donbass Arena, but Clemence was clearly in considerable pain and Hodgson confirmed he will fly back to England for surgery.

"Our hoodoo with injuries continues with Ray Clemence snapping his Achilles tendon in the warm-up," said Hodgson.

"He's in an awful lot of pain and has to go back to England for an operation."

Hodgson lost four of his original 23-man squad to injury, with Gareth Barry (groin), Frank Lampard (thigh), John Ruddy (broken finger) and Gary Cahill (fractured jaw) all ruled out before his squad flew to their Krakow base last Wednesday.

Source: PA

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