Sunday, September 08, 2013

Reds Defender Fighting For Fitness

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has given fans somewhat of an injury update, stressing that he is working hard to make a quick return to club and international action. Johnson was forced to watch Friday night’s England match from the stands after withdrawing from the squad with an injury, and revealed on his official Twitter account that he is gutted to be missing the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

England ran out 4-0 winners in a convincing display against Moldova at Wembley on Friday night, with Danny Welbeck grabbing a brace. Southampton star Rickie Lambert continued his dream start to his international career, scoring his second goal in two matches. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker filled in for the injured Johnson and was largely impressive with both his defensive and attacking duties, putting further pressure on Johnson to regain his place ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Johnson picked up an injury against Manchester United a week ago and was replaced by young defender Andre Wisdom. Wisdom is an emerging talent at Anfield, and was recently handed the Under-21s’ captain’s armband by Gareth Southgate. Wisdom helped lead the young Lions to victory this week as they beat Moldova in 2015 Under-21 European Championships qualifying.

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