Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must have feared the worst as his leg crumpled under a challenge in England’s warm-up match against Ecuador. The jarring of his knee looked certain to spell the end of his World Cup dreams.
However, a strained medial knee ligament isn’t enough to keep the Arsenal midfielder down, and he is making good progress to be fit for England’s second group game, against Uruguay.
Despite good progress, it is uncertain as to how much of an impact Chamberlain can hope to have this summer. His all-action, direct approach is conducive to numerous fouls, and whether his recently recovered knee can withstand it is another thing.
What is for sure is that Roy Hodgson will be desperate to get him on the field. He was man-of-the-match against Ecuador in Miami, and he has the ability to change games by himself.