Danny Welback suffered a hamstring injury earlier this week and his chances in playing in the opening match against Italy are looking increasingly slim.
The striker is reportedly vital in Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of the World Cup kick-off and could potentially disrupt Englan's preparations for Saturday's opener against Italy in Manuas if he fails to find full fitness.
There is little doubt that if fit enough he will make it into the starting eleven on Saturday, despite Raheem Sterling waiting in the wings.
England are expected to take part in some light gym work leading up to the match and Welbeck is set to take be involved in this, under close scrutiny from medical staff.
Amid fears he will miss the opening match fellow team mate Wayne Rooney attempted to downplay those reports in his pre-match press conference, stating: “Danny will be fine and I’m sure he’ll be ready for Saturday.”
This isn’t the first player to have been struck with injury ahead of the tournament, after winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went down with a knock against Ecuador that still threatens his participation in the tournament full stop.
But James Milner has claimed that he is making extraordinary progress after he strained a knee ligament during England’s friendly with Ecuador in Miami.
However, despite this the 20-year-old has shown early signs of a promising recovery, and if all goes to plan fingers crossed both players will be making an appearance in the starting squad against Italy.
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