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Oxlade-Chamberlain injury doubt for World Cup

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England have been handed a potential injury blow ahead of the World Cup with Roy Hodgson admitting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have damaged ligaments in his knee during the 2-2 draw with Ecuador.

Oxlade-Chamberlain showed flashes of brilliance in Miami before limping off after a tangle with Ecuador's Carlos Gruezo.

Hodgson confirmed the winger, who has endured a season blighted by injury, will undergo a scan on Thursday.

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"It's obviously too close to the incident but we did see that his knee buckled when the player tumbled into him," said Hodgson.

"We have our fears there may be some ligament damage but we won't know until he has a scan."

Luke Shaw and Jack Wilshere were also withdrawn however Hodgson calmed any injury fears over the duo.

"It was cramp. We took them off for those reasons alone," said Hodgson.

Hodgson also admitted he was disappointed to see Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia sent off after a clash late on.

"I'm disappointed," he said. "I thought it was a fierce challenge from young Raheem, not a foul challenge. He played the ball and accelerated into the ball.

"I'm disappointed with Antonio's reaction, grabbing the player. Had he not jumped up there wouldn't have been a problem but, when he does that, the referee had to deal with that and sent Raheem off. I'm pleased Raheem didn't react to a lot of people milling around him.

"Jack had been on the receiving end a few minutes early from a very similar challenge from an Ecuadorian player and did not react."

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