Sign up for the free World Soccer Talk newsletter to find out how you can win 2 free tickets to Copa America »

SAT, 3:45PM ET
SAT, 3:45PM ET
SAT, 4:30PM ET
SAT, 9:30PM ET

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Injury Rules Him Out For 10 Days to 3 Weeks

alex oxlade chamberlain 600x354 Alex Oxlade Chamberlains Injury Rules Him Out For 10 Days to 3 Weeks

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out of action for between 10 days and three weeks.

If he can recover in time for 10 days, he may be ready for England’s second game of the 2014 World Cup. If he’ll be ruled out for 3 weeks, then it means that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be fit for the Round of 16 match in late June if England make it out of the tough group featuring Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

There’s no word from the England camp yet whether they’re considering taking Oxlade-Chamberlain to Brazil when the team leaves Miami for Rio on Sunday. It’s possible that England may replace the Arsenal midfielder with one of the standby footballers — either John Stones, Jon Flanagan, Tom Cleverley, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick or Andy Carroll. Or the England trainers and coaches may decide to risk bringing the footballer to Brazil in the hopes that he’ll recover in time.

The Arsenal and England attacking midfielder suffered the knee injury during the second half of the 2-2 friendly against Ecuador when he got tangled with an opposition player. Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted, and then limped off the pitch to receive medical attention inside the changing rooms at Sun Life Stadium.

For England’s chances to do well at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, a lot of pressure is on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shoulders as he was one of the few bright sparks in England’s draw against Ecuador on Wednesday afternoon.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
View all posts by Christopher Harris →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>