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Injury Doubts For Hodgson

29 March 2018

Roy Hodgson is playing a waiting game ahead of Saturday's match against Liverpool with some members of his squad suffering with knocks going into the weekend.

Jeffrey Schlupp had to leave the field in the last match when the side recorded a 2-0 victory and he joins James Tomkins and Alexander Sørloth on the injury list as Hodgson prepares for the visit of The Reds on Saturday lunchtime. 

"We were very disappointed to lose Jeffrey Schlupp in the last game, as he was out for a long time after the Brighton injury and did so well to get back so we are disappointed to lose him again and we still have have doubts on James Tomkins and Alexander Sorloth, so will check them tomorrow but they are very much doubts," said Hodgson at his pre-match press conference but was pleased to report positive news on players that have been away on international duty. He also provided an update on Wilfried Zaha who had to withdraw from going away with Ivory Coast. 

"Luckily all others reported back. Zaha hasn’t been training to any great extent as we’re nursing his knee problem that he has. We will have a look at him tomorrow and hope the knee will be ok but we’ve had to be very cautious after the Huddersfield Town game as he came back from injury much earlier than he should have done."

Connor Wickham made his first start for the Under 23 side on Tuesday when he scored the opening goal against Charlton Athletic but the manager was disappointed to see him having to leave Thursday morning's training session early.  

"Connor unfortunately today picked up a minor groin strain and we hope it is not going to be serious. It sometimes happens when you are protecting a knee when you have been out for a long time you pick up a soft tissue injury. He must be devastated to have got himself that close but will now be facing another spell on the sidelines but I am hoping it wont be that bad and we will see him before the end of the season."


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