Mr Utility’s injury could lead to the return of Chelsea’s rock
As is customary ahead of a major tournament for England, players who looked certain to take their place on the plane for the World Cup are dropping like flies as the number of injuries to Roy Hodgson’s pool of players mounts.
Spurs duo Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker are already serious doubts for Brazil having picked up injuries in the dying embers of the Premier League campaign and now one of the most vital pieces of Hodgson’s puzzle is in danger of missing out too.
Those who scratch their head in puzzlement having not seen any news of serious injuries to Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney are mistaken, for it is not either of those supposed lynchpins to Hodgson’s squad that have suffered a setback.
Phil Jones was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder during Manchester United’s 3-1 over Hull last time out and could miss his first World Cup finals as a result, with the England boss set to name his preliminary 30-man squad on Monday.
As a versatile player able to cover three positions, Jones was a valuable commodity to Hodgson as it allowed the former Liverpool boss to pick more forward thinking players without having to worry too much about cover at centre-back, right-back or holding midfield.
With this injury, the England boss has a selection headache to ponder despite Jones still being a 8/15 chance to make the squad.
With Walker also a doubt for the tournament, Chris Smalling will also certainly make the final 23 at odds of 4/11 as he can cover for Glen Johnson. However if Jones is to miss out then another centre-back will be needed.
However, it could be that, in desperate times, desperate measures are taken.
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