Oxlade-Chamberlain In Injury Scare For World Cup

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  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a scan on Thursday after picking up an injury during England's 2-2 friendly draw against Ecuador in Miami.

    The Arsenal winger suffered a lower leg injury in a tackle with Ecuador's Carlos Gruezo during England's Wednesday night friendly in Miami, putting his 2014 World Cup finals participation potentially in doubt.

    The 20-year-old will undergo a scan on Thursday to discover if he will be fit to play in the summer tournament, England's World Cup campaign starting against Italy in Manaus on 14 June.

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    England manager Roy Hodgson said: "His knee buckled under the the challenge as the player turned into him. He'll have a scan. When we've had the scan, we'll know more."

    England were forced to come from a goal behind after eight minutes to lead 2-1 after a close range effort from Wayne Rooney and a fine finish by Rickie Lambert, before the South Americans later leveled through substitute Michael Arroyo's strike.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury aside, England's match was also blighted by a red card shown to Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool winger was sent off for a foul on Antonio Valencia and will be suspended for England's final friendly against Honduras on Saturday.

    "It would have been nice to win it but certainly there were many positives I can take from it", added Hodgson. "I thought it was a very good game. I was disappointed with the sending off, and the potential injury to one of our players - but as a friendly, a warm-up match for our players, it was good.

    "[Ecuador] tested us but we dealt with them very well for long periods, and caused their defence many problems."

    England will play Honduras in Miami on Saturday 7 June in their final friendly before the World Cup, where they will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.​ Click here to compare odds for England in the 2014 World Cup.

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