Monday, February 27, 2012

Injury Woes for Pearce

After Stuart Pearce names his England team for Wednesday's friendly with Holland at Wembley, he will be disappointed to see a number of his players forced to pull out of the squad with injuries picked up over the weekend as the victor chandler review shows.

It was a disappointing day for Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker who saw his side concede five goals at the emirates against stan james odds, as well as picking up an ankle injury which will rule him out of the game.

Walker played the full 90 minutes in Spurs' 5-2 defeat by North London rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but will not link up with the national team.

It will be a huge disappointment for the 21 year old who will be looking to add to his two caps he picked up, first, as a late substitute in the 1-0 home win over Spain in November after enjoying an impressive start to the season, and then his second, after starting his first game for England in the 1-0 victory over Sweden a few days later.
  
The right-back joins Manchester United duo Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney, along with Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, in missing the midweek visit of the Dutch.

Cleverly is awaiting results of a scan on his ankle following his return to action in last weeks Europa League tie with Ajax, while Rooney has missed Manchester United's last two matches with a throat infection.

Darren Bent looked to be in serious pain after landing awkwardly on his ankle at the weekend and was consequently stretchered off.

It is disappointing for the likes of Walker, Bent and Cleverly who would have been looking forward to the opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the England squad for Euro 2012 this summer.

Fortunately for Pearce, he is spoilt for choice for right backs, with Glen Johnson, Micah Richards, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all able to play in that position.  It will be interesting to see which players are called up, particularly in the midfield and centre forward roles.

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