Updates from Friday, June 13
Sky Sports has an update on Welbeck's status entering England's opener:
England coach Roy Hodgson has revealed Danny Welbeck will be fit to face Italy in the World Cup opener at Manaus on Saturday.
Speaking to the assembled press in their final briefing ahead of the Amazonia Arena clash Hodgson said: " Yes, Danny's fit."
Updates from Thursday, June 12
England expect Danny Welbeck to be available for their World Cup opener with Italy, after scans showed no serious damage to his thigh.
The Mirror's John Cross reports:
The England and Manchester United striker Welbeck missed training on Wednesday after suffering a thigh problem the previous day.
But a scan came back all clear and the 23-year-old is confident that his thigh was just tight and that he will recover in time for the Three Lions' Saturday night group-phase opener.
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph provides an update on Danny Welbeck's status:
Wayne Rooney also talked about Welbeck's health via BBC Sport:
Just days before the World Cup opener, injuries to potential starters continue to pile up, with England's Danny Welbeck serving as the newest victim.
According to The Telegraph's Matt Law, the 23-year-old missed much of Tuesday's training session due to an injury to his right thigh, leaving his status for The Three Lions' opener against Italy in doubt:
Danny Welbeck suffered a World Cup injury scare after limping out of England training on Tuesday as Raheem Sterling’s chances of a starting place in their opener against Italy increased.
Welbeck missed over half the session at England’s military training base in Urca, Rio, after limping off holding the top of his right thigh that appeared to have tape on it.
Not much is known as of now, but, as BBC's Phil McNulty reported, an update on the youngster's status will be made sometime Wednesday.
In 25 Premier League appearances (15 starts) for Manchester United this season, Welbeck tallied nine goals and one assist, mirroring his team's inconsistent season. While many have been frustrated with his form, though, he started out wide left against both Honduras and Peru in recent friendlies, suggesting he had a good chance to see the pitch against the Azzurri.
Former Manchester United and England star center back Rio Ferdinand explained why Welbeck could be crucial against Italy's veteran midfield:
Welbeck to play on & around Pirlo isn't just about defending....when we win the ball high I'd like to see Pirlo try & catch him. Difficult.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 8, 2014
This potentially changes that, though.
Should Welbeck be held out, Raheem Sterling, Liverpool's burgeoning 19-year-old star, is a strong candidate to replace him, whether that means going out wide himself or playing a No. 10 role behind teammate Daniel Sturridge while Wayne Rooney moves to the outside.
The latter formation was deployed in training Tuesday, according to Law.
Hodgson, via Pro Soccer Talk's Richard Farley, recently discussed the electrifying young player:
He’s as fit as a flea and I’m pretty certain he hasn’t forgotten how to play matches, either. It was unfortunate that he couldn’t play against Honduras but I can tell you that Raheem Sterling is very much in the group of players I’m considering.
If I select him, it won’t be in my opinion a risk that he hasn’t played so many minutes. And if I don’t select him, it certainly won’t be because he has only played 39 minutes. It will be because I prefer someone else.
Hodgson has a few days to make his decision, as England plays Italy on Saturday. But for now, it's starting to look like Welbeck will watch the World Cup opener from the sideline.