Croaked Arsenal star featuring at the World Cup; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trained alongside his England team-mates yesterday, although the heavy strapping on his knee suggested a return for the do-or-die clash with Uruguay is far from certain.
The 20-year-old midfielder missed the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus on Saturday night through injury.
The Arsenal star was a doubt in the selection process earlier but soon beat the race against time to recover from injury and was selected for the tournament.
It seemed all was going well for the pacy Arsenal man until he sustained another injury just days before the start of the World cup in a fiercely contested friendly match against Ecuador.
Oxlade-Chamberlain strained a medial ligament in his right knee during England’s 2-2 friendly draw against Ecuador on June 4, but his rehabilitation from the problem sustained in Miami is going well.
Having begun sprinting again last week, the Arsenal man joined in with his team-mates yesterday at England’s Urca military base.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was the last player out on the field in the Rio de Janeiro sunshine and was quickly involved in ball work, albeit a simple dribbling drill.
His right knee was heavily-strapped and, after 10 minutes of the part-open session, went off to do individual work with physio Steve Kemp.
Oxlade-Chamberlain did some passing drills with him, showing no discomfort – an encouraging sign but one which does not necessarily mean Roy Hodgson will have a full complement of players to choose from against Uruguay.