Tottenham star misses training in WC injury scare, set for scan on Tuesday – report
Dele Alli will miss training for England on Tuesday and is set to undergo a scan later today, according to a report.
Sky Sports report that Alli seemed to pick up an thigh injury during the first-half of the game, but came out for the second-half and lasted for 80 minutes before being subbed for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Gareth Southgate defended his decision to keep him on the pitch saying, “He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem.”
England’s next game isn’t until Sunday, when they take on Panama in the lunchtime game.
Football Insider verdict:
The World Cup is an exciting time for football fans, but it’s also a time for hoping your star players don’t come back injured. There’s no suggestion that Alli’s knock is serious, but England fans will be desperately hoping he’s okay for Sunday’s game. He was a big part of England’s brilliant start to the game, although he seemed to lose a lot of his momentum after picking up the knock. It’s about the only downer on a night when England picked up a win in their opening game of a World Cup for only the third time in their history. It means they should easily qualify and the game against Panam on Sunday should be asy enough for Southgate to rest Alli if he wants to. Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both looked sharp when they came on, although Southgate might want to stick with the same starting XI if possible.
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