Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is a doubt for England’s midweek friendly with Brazil after sustaining a thigh injury in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old, who has just four senior caps, scored a brilliant goal at the Etihad Stadium to make it 1-1 in the first half but then picked up a knock. He remained on the pitch until he was substituted just before the final whistle but Rodgers is not optimistic about his chances of joining up with England. “He got a knock just before half-time on his thigh and he wanted to give it a go in the second half,” said Rodgers. “I think he will be a doubt for the game on Wednesday, which is unfortunate because he was terrific today.”
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed earlier striker Jermain Defoe will definitely miss the match after sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-0 win over West Brom. Defoe suffered the injury in the first half at The Hawthorns, when he landed awkwardly on his left ankle and was substituted. Villas-Boas said Defoe would be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage.
Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has told defender Richard Dunne to save himself for next month’s World Cup qualifiers as he fights his way back from injury.
The 33-year-old Aston Villa man is yet to play for his club this season because of a persistent groin problem, but was put on stand-by for Wednesday night’s friendly with Poland at the Aviva Stadium when Trapattoni named his latest squad last month.
However, after suffering a minor setback in his attempt to return to full fitness, Dunne has not been asked to travel to Dublin, with Trapattoni telling him to get himself fit for the forthcoming competitive clashes with Sweden and Austria which could go much of the way to deciding Ireland’s fate. Trapattoni said: “I spoke with him and I said ‘okay. He wants to come back, he wants to be here’, but I said to him that at this moment, I don’t want to make trouble with the club.”
Toronto central defender Darren O’Dea will also be missing after being excused duty at the request of his club, who are currently in the middle of the preparations for the new MLS season. Trapattoni is likely to use the game to blood some of his less experienced players, with Derby duo Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon expected to have some involvement.
Elsewhere, Germany holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out of Wednesday’s friendly game against France in Paris after being injured on Saturday.
Schweinsteiger, who has won 97 caps, picked up an ankle injury at the weekend.