Updates from Monday, June 23
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play no part in the World Cup after it was revealed that he will not return for England's dead rubber with Costa Rica.
England's Twitter reported the news:
RH: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in a full session yesterday, but twisted his knee which caused him pain. So he is out of the question— England (@england) June 23, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be fit in time to face Uruguay, Roy Hodgson confirmed (via The Sun and Phil McNulty of the BBC):
England boss Roy Hodgson confirms Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be fit to face Uruguay on Thursday. #ENG— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) June 18, 2014
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not in contention for Uruguay but is now ready to rejoin full training.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) June 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 16
Sam Wallace of the Independent confirms Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is training:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain training with England squad, right knee bandaged. But he's out there ...— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) June 16, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Sky Sports provide an update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury:
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
The English National Team's Twitter feed has the latest on Oxlade-Chamberlain:
RH: There's nothing wrong with Steven Gerrard. We'll be stepping up @Alex_OxChambo treatment. Medics hope he'll be ready for second game— England (@england) June 10, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 9
England teammate Jack Wilshere spoke about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's health as he tries to get fit for the World Cup on England's website:
Jack Wilshere has hailed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s “great attitude” as his England teammate battles to get his World Cup bid back on track.
Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in a series of running drills earlier today – five days after picking up a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Ecuador that threatened to end his Brazilian dream before it had started.
But Wilshere insists The Ox, 20, is in a positive frame of mind ahead of England’s tournament kick-off against Italy on Saturday.
He said: “Alex looks well. Today he was straight line running five days after getting a meniscus strain.
“It helps he’s young because the body heels when you’re younger and what also helps is that he’s got 24-hour treatment.
“Sometimes when you’re back at a club injuries can take a bit longer to heel because you’re not getting treatment all the time but here he’s got treatment when he wants it – that was a big part of him staying here."
Updates from Sunday, June 8
England manager Roy Hodgson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the World Cup.
Ben Burrows of the Sunday Mirror quoted Hodgson as saying: "I think he will make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt. That’s good news."
Updates from Saturday, June 7
Rob Harris of the Associated Press provided Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's status for the 2014 World Cup:
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be going to Brazil as expected with the England team— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 7, 2014
Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph passed along his observations of the Arsenal star from England's friendly in Miami:
Oxlade-Chamberlain walks into Sun Life Stadium without knee brace which is encouraging. Will travel to Brazil. #eng have until Fri to decide— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 7, 2014
Jamie Bradbury of TheFA.com has more on Oxlade-Chamberlain:
Hodgson was confident the 20-year-old would overcome the injury.
He said: “Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress – I think he’ll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt.”
Updates from Friday, June 6
Rob Harris of the Associated Press has the latest on Oxlade-Chamberlain:
Hodgson says will wait until last moment to decide on @Alex_OxChambo fitness. That's 24 hours before first game in Brazil— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 6, 2014
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian has more:
Hodgson also confirmed it would be Stones or Flanagan to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain if he can't continue. My guess would be Flanagan.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) June 6, 2014
Updates from Thursday, June 5
Sky Sports News reports the potential recovery time for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:
Sky Sources: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for 10 days to 3 weeks with knee injury #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 5, 2014
England also issued a statement on Oxlade-Chamberlain's status:
.@Alex_OxChambo sustained a medial knee ligament injury against Ecuador. The team medics are continuing to monitor and treat injury— England (@england) June 5, 2014
Oxlade-Chamberlain also commented on his injury via his Twitter account:
Gutted to have picked up an injury yesterday. I'm staying positive and getting to work with the medical team on recovery..Fingers crossed! 💪— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) June 5, 2014
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced to leave England's 2-2 friendly draw with Ecuador in the 63rd minute after suffering an injury.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty reported the news:
Jon Flanagan on for the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain (he's walking off applauding fans) now Sterling for Rooney after 63 minutes.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) June 4, 2014
Although he left with nearly a half hour left in the match, Oxlade-Chamberlain did enough to win WhoScored.com's man of the match:
Oliver Kay of The Times reckoned that of those who had the strongest performances for the Three Lions on Wednesday, the Arsenal midfielder has the best chance of cracking the starting XI:
Enjoyed England 2 Ecuador 2 in Miami. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Barkley, Lambert the real beneficiaries but only Ox has chance of starting v Italy— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) June 4, 2014
... if Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury isn't serious, that is.— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) June 4, 2014
After the match, Hodgson said the early prognosis wasn't promising, per Ian Dennis of BBC Sport:
A concerned Roy Hodgson on Oxlade Chamberlain, " we have our fears there might be some ligament damage" Scan required for knee #bbcfootball— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) June 4, 2014
Oxlade-Chamberlain's World Cup chances hinge on that knee scan.
Following the match, ITV Football passed along the status of Oxlade-Chamberlain as he left the stadium:
We've just watched Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain walk to a waiting car at stadium… he's limping slightly, no crutches.— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 4, 2014
England's first match of the 2014 World Cup is 10 days away. If Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury is even somewhat serious, that would put a dent his hopes of making an impact in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson has a few talented wingers from which to choose, so he won't hesitate in leaving the young star on the bench if the 20-year-old isn't up to full fitness.