11 Jun 2014

Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit for England's second World Cup game

7:45 am on 11 June 2014

The England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return from injury in time for his side's second World Cup game against Uruguay.

20-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain damaged ligaments in his right knee during a friendly against Ecuador last week, but he trained wearing a protective brace yesterday.

Although he is expected to miss England's opening Group D match against Italy in Manaus on Sunday, manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful that the Arsenal player will be available to face Uruguay in Sao Paulo on June 19th.

Hodgson also allayed fears about the fitness of captain Steven Gerrard, who cut short his training session yesterday after complaining of tightness in his groin.