England's hopes at winning Euro 2012 took another blow on Saturday, as defender Gary Cahill suffered a jaw injury in a friendly against Belgium.
UPDATE: Sunday, June 3 at 10:08 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
Gary Cahill's worst fears were confirmed on Sunday when the England defender was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a fractured jaw, according to BBC Sport.
Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 with a double fracture of his jaw. Liverpool's Martin Kelly called up as his replacement— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 3, 2012
This is a massive loss for Roy Hodgson's squad as they now must evaluate their defense before next Monday's Euro 2012 group stage opener against France. With multiple injuries at center back, Hodgson will have some interesting choices for his starting back four against France.
Midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry were previously ruled out of the European Championships with injuries.
UPDATE: Sunday, June 3 at 9:04 a.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
Gary Cahill's injury situation received promising news on Sunday night, according to the Mirror.
Cahill's hopes were boosted this morning after Football Association director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking hinted an initial scan last night had cleared him of major damage.
The Chelsea defender is due, however, for another test before his Euro 2012 fate will be known, while Terry is also due to have a scan this morning.
Considering England's health issues at the center back position, losing Cahill would be a massive loss for the Three Lions.
UPDATE: Saturday June 2, 4:55 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Cahill's jaw still has his status for the Euro Cup dangling in the sky, but that status is about to reach some kind of conclusion. The Football Association, English football's governing body, will reportedly give us all an update on his status on Sunday.
Sky Sports tweeted the update.
The FA will make announcement on whether Gary Cahill will be fit for Euro 2012 tomorrow #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 2, 2012
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UPDATE: Saturday June 2, 2:18 p.m. ET by Austin Green
ESPN Soccernet is reporting that England manager Roy Hodgson will know Cahill's status for Euro 2012 in a matter of hours.
BREAKING NEWS: England coach Roy Hodgson expects to know "within a couple of hours" if Gary Cahill is out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw.— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) June 2, 2012
With their first game of the tournament just over one week away, it's good that England will know Cahill's status almost immediately. Although they would prefer to have the Chelsea defender on the pitch, they must quickly move on if he is indeed ruled out.
As always, we'll have all the latest updates for you here at Bleacher Report.
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Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph has the latest update from England coach Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson: Cahill having a scan. 'If he's fractured jaw, which is a distinct possibility, he's out of Euros'— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 2, 2012
Cahill suffered the injury after colliding with his own goalkeeper, Joe Hart, in the first half.
Belgian striker Dries Mertens pushed Cahill into Hart while the defender was attempting to guide the ball back to his keeper. Mertens was booked for the shove, and Cahill, clearly dazed from the crash, was replaced by Joleon Lescott.
England won the match 1-0, but the potential loss of the Chelsea defender would be devastating for the Three Lions.
Euro 2012 starts in just over one week, with England first taking the pitch against France on June 11. England hasn't beaten Les Bleus in five tries, and with their recent plague of injuries, they will have an uphill battle.
Cahill's status for that game will be critical to their success. Check back here, as we will have all the updates when they are made available.