England's 100-cap left-back Ashley Cole is an injury doubt for Friday's vital clash against Montenegro after suffering an apparent rib injury in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Norwich on Sunday.
Cole had been substituted during the game with 15 minutes left although apparently not because of injury, rather for tactical reasons. But it was after the game that the injury came to everyone's attention.
To guarantee their place at the World Cup in Brazil next year, England need to win against Montenegro and then they will probably need another against Poland October 15.
After the game, Blues boss Jose Mourinho said: "I hope he is fine. I want England to do [well],"
"I didn't know [that Cole was injured]. We were in a difficult position before. He had something in his ribs that we need to assess, but hopefully it's fine.
"He goes for a scan now, when we arrive [back in London]."
Cole has 105 caps for England, although Everton's Leighton Baines is more than capable of providing cover for the Chelsea left-back.
England need to win both games if they are to guarantee their qualification. If they were to lose one game, they would probably have to go through a two legged play-off round in order to secure their place.
Lose both and they are out of the competition for good.
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