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Cahill to learn Euros fate on Sunday

ESPN staff
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The FA will announce on Sunday whether a jaw injury will keep England defender Gary Cahill out of this summer's European Championship.

Cahill was sent for a scan after being forced off during the first half of England's 1-0 friendly win over Belgium at Wembley on Saturday, after damaging his jaw in a collision with goalkeeper Joe Hart.

If the scan does reveal a fracture to his jaw then Cahill will be forced to join Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard in being ruled out of Euro 2012 through injury, but manager Roy Hodgson remains hopeful that will not be the case.

"What we fear is a fracture, because if it is a fracture that will keep him out of the tournament," Hodgson said. "What we hope is it is just heavy bruising, which will not prevent him from playing."

John Terry is also an injury concern after feeling pain in his hamstring during the friendly, although Hodgson does not expect that to turn out to be serious.

The former West Brom boss was unwilling to reveal who he might call up if either or both Chelsea defenders are ruled out - with Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Manchester City's Micah Richards two clear options.

Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka (who was called up after Barry was ruled out) and Phil Jones are the other recognised central defenders in Hodgson's current 23-man squad.

"I will give it some serious thought, but I'm not prepared at the moment to say, 'If this happens, this is what we will do'," Hodgson added. "I am an optimist, and I remain optimistic that I will get the call in a few hours that says, 'Don't worry, he [Cahill] will be fine'."

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