GLEN JOHNSON has pulled out of the England squad to face Brazil on Saturday after picking up a slight injury in Monday's home draw against Birmingham.
The Reds right-back played the full 90 minutes at Anfield before joining up with his international team-mates the following day, where he underwent a routine recovery session while the rest of Fabio Capello's squad trained at Arsenal's London Colney complex.
It was during this session that the 25-year-old's knock became apparent and he will now return to his club for treatment, with Capello at this stage not planning to call up another player for the trip to Qatar to face Dunga's team.
It leaves Wes Brown as the only out-and-out right-back left, although James Milner or Shaun Wright-Phillips could drop back from midfield.
Liverpool, though, will still see several of their senior squad depart for friendlies, including Javier Mascherano, who will captain Argentina in Spain on Saturday.
Dirk Kuyt is expected to figure for Holland in Italy on the same night, while Fabio Aurelio and Lucas are set to be involved against England.