Monday, September 02, 2013

Injured Johnson A Doubt For England

Glen Johnson is a doubt for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after leaving Anfield on crutches following Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.

The right-back suffered an ankle injury, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he feared the worst after having to replace him with Andre Wisdom.

“He took a bad knock on his ankle. It’s quite bad for him to come off,” Rodgers said.

However, team-mate Daniel Sturridge said he hoped he would be fit for the games -- even though his manager said he had not been not fully fit against United.

Sturridge scored the winner to become the first Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler, 19 years ago, to score in the opening three games of a Premier League season.

“I’m delighted with Daniel’s application because he was nowhere near fit,” Rodgers said. “He had a slight knock on his thigh.

"We have just said: ‘Put yourself out there -- at 70%, you are better than most strikers.’ He got his reward. He can always be a threat whenever he is on the pitch.”

Rodgers said Sturridge could still join up with the England squad but added: “We just need to assess him. We need to make sure we think of Liverpool first. I’m sure [England manager] Roy [Hodgson] would see him as a starter.”

Sturridge said he was optimistic that he would be ready, adding: “I had a problem with my thigh before the game and it is still hindering me, but I hope I will be okay for the squad.”

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