Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Clock Is Ticking for Injured England Duo

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Clock Is Ticking for Injured England Duo

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DANNY WELBECK and Glen Johnson both face having their Euro 2012 dream dashed on Monday.

The pair have been ruled out of England's friendly with Norway tonight as they struggle to recover from ankle and toe injuries respectively.

Three Lions chief Roy Hodgson does anticipate having both on the plane to the team base in Krakow on June 6. However, there remains an element of doubt and as England's confirmed squad must be submitted to UEFA by midday on Tuesday, so Hodgson has told the duo they will need to report 24 hours earlier for a final check.

"He (Welbeck) and Glen will come in on Monday to be assessed," said Hodgson.

"I'm hoping I'm not taking an 80% fit striker. I'm counting on Welbeck being fully fit. You employ doctors, physios and experts and you value their opinions. When the opinion is: 'Don't worry, he'll be fit and okay' you must accept that.

"We have a couple more days and there is an element of risk involved. But we don't have other alternatives of the Welbeck type. …

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