England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is well ahead of schedule as he looks to get himself fit in time for the World Cup group stage.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s England teammate James Milner has suggested that the young Arsenal midfielder is set to make a stunning recovery from the injury that had threatened to derail his World Cup campaign, according to BT Sport.
It had appeared as though Oxlade-Chamerlain could miss the tournament together after straining a medial knee ligament during England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Ecuador, a game in which he impressed with his direct running from midfield.
James Milner, the England player who faced the media today ahead of the weekend’s opening clash with Italy, seemed optimistic that his teammate will make a full recovery:
“He saw one of the physios off because he couldn’t keep up with him so another physio had to come in and run the second part of the running with him, so he is running at good speed and coming along well.”
This news will be music to the ears of Roy Hodgson, who will be aware that quick, direct midfield options such as Oxlade-Chamberlain may be vital for tipping tight matches in humid conditions in England’s favour.
The former Southampton man won’t be available to Hodgson for Saturday night’s vital game against Italy in the sweltering heat of Manaus, but it looks likely that he will be back in contention for what could be a make-or-break match up with Uruguay.