England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is well on the mend.
The 20-year-old Arsenal man injured his right knee ligament during a warm-up match against Ecuador last Wednesday.
Although is expected to recover in 2 to 3 weeks, he seems to be progressing ahead of schedule, according to teammate James Milner.
Speaking at a Vauxhall-sponsored England fans’ forum, Milner said: “It’s great to see Ox about running.”
“He obviously feared not long ago that it might be the end of his tournament, but the running he has been doing…”
“He saw one of the physios off because he couldn’t keep up with him so another physio had to come in and run the second part of the running with him, so he is running at good speed and coming along well,” Milner added.
Still, Ox will most definitely seat out England’s match against Italy on Saturday.
Here is an Associated Press article on England boss Roy Hodson’s take on Ox’s recovery.
Hodgson Hopeful Over Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Recovery
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — England coach Roy Hodgson is hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for the team’s second World Cup match against Uruguay.
The Arsenal midfielder injured his right knee during a warm-up match against Ecuador last Wednesday.
Hodgson told reporters at England’s training camp in Rio de Janeiro that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been stepping up his recovery and the signs are positive.
Hodgson is hopeful Oxlade-Chamberlain will have recovered for the June 19 match against Uruguay but said he could offer no guarantees.
England opens its World Cup campaign against Italy on Saturday in Manaus.
Hodgson denied reports captain Steven Gerrard had a groin injury.