Injury rules out Wright-Phillips
22 May 2009 - 11:56:04
Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips is the latest player to be ruled out of England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers through injury.
The midfielder will miss the double-header with Kazakhstan and Andorra in June after being told he requires surgery on a knee problem.
Wright-Phillips has sat out City's last six games with an ankle injury and will join the likes of David James, Ben Foster and Stewart Downing in missing out on selection for Fabio Capello's next squad.
"Shaun trained earlier this week but he got a reaction," revealed City boss Mark Hughes. "Now he'll have to see a specialist.
"He isn't going to be available at the weekend and he may well have a wash-out of his knee in the close-season that would enable him to be fit for the start of pre-season training.
"He's worked really hard trying to get fit but this problem needs to be addressed and we must look at it."
Meanwhile, Hughes has tipped defender Nedum Onuoha for a first call-up to the full England squad on the back of a solid season.
"Nedum has had a great season," he added. "It's virtually been his first season free of injury but he's always been a young player with huge potential.
"If he was to get selected it would be a great reward for an excellent year. We all hope he does."