Gerrard injury worry ahead of World Cup
We’re just days away from England’s World Cup opener – and within the last half-hour we’ve learned of a troubling blow for Steven Gerrard.
June 9th, 2014
The England captain only managed the first half against Honduras on Saturday night – although we assume that was partly for his own protection from some wild opposition tackling – and has stopped training early today at the team base in Rio de Janeiro.
The training session is England’s first since arriving in Brazil, and began at about 3.30pm UK time. But according to reports, Gerrard has stopped his participation early with a tight groin and has headed inside for the day.
It’s not a lot to go on right now, we know – and we’re sure that with almost the rest of the week ahead for Gerrard to ‘loosen up’ as it were, that he’ll be in a better condition all round in time for England’s first match against Italy in Manaus.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured in their previous warm-up game against Ecuador, but Roy Hodgson told reporters at the weekend that “without a shadow of a doubt” the Arsenal midfielder will be ready for the tournament.
Pele has weighed in on England’s chance for the World Cup – as you are entitled to do when you’re the greatest player of all time – and has told the press that “[w]e have to respect England because they have the same chance as what we have.”
So you heard it here first – England have the same chance as five-time winners Brazil to triumph in this tournament. On their turf. In South America, which has produced nothing but South American winners of the World Cup. At odds of 28-1 with bet365 as opposed to Brazil’s 3-1 favourites.