Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury: Updates on Arsenal Star's Status and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

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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:

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):

Updates from Monday, June 16

Sam Wallace of the Independent confirms Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is training:

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:

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:

Henry Winter of The Daily Telegraph passed along his observations of the Arsenal star from England's friendly in Miami:

Jamie Bradbury of 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:

Daniel Taylor of The Guardian has more:

Updates from Thursday, June 5

Sky Sports News reports the potential recovery time for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

England also issued a statement on Oxlade-Chamberlain's status: 

Oxlade-Chamberlain also commented on his injury via his Twitter account:

Original Text

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:

Although he left with nearly a half hour left in the match, Oxlade-Chamberlain did enough to win'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:

After the match, Hodgson said the early prognosis wasn't promising, per Ian Dennis of BBC Sport:

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:

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.


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