Heskey doubtful for Germany clash

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Emile Heskey faces being ruled out of England's friendly against Germany after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's frustrating goalless draw between Wigan and Stoke at the JJB Stadium.

Heskey limped off midway through the second half and looks certain to miss the midweek Carling Cup clash with Arsenal, while Latics boss Steve Bruce said he was also a doubt for England who face Germany in Berlin on November 19.

Bruce said: "Emile's got a hamstring strain and he's a big doubt for Tuesday. He's had a back injury which we thought was hamstring related, so we'll have to wait and see."

He added: "Emile will see the physio and we'll decide how bad it is. But I would have thought at this early stage, with it being a hamstring strain, he must be a doubt."

It was a day of frustration for Bruce on a day when the visitors almost took their famous fighting spirit a step too far, with team-mates Amdy Faye and Ryan Shawcross involved in an angry 72nd minute altercation.

But the incident did not concern Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who said: "It just goes to show the players' passion and commitment. They're all in the dressing room together and you can see what it means to them."

Pulis added: "It was always going to be a difficult week for us after the Arsenal game, after you've played one of the top teams and got a great result and with all the furore afterwards.

"It's sometimes very hard to get the players up again. It was really a concern for me but they showed they are a committed group. They get their bodies in the way and they did that in abundance in the second half."

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