Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury Update: Hodgson Will Wait Till ‘Very, Very Last Moment’ Before Deciding

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—England coach Roy Hodgson will take the decision on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s World Cup participation right down to the FIFA deadline.

England has until 24 hours before opening its campaign in Brazil against Italy on June 14 to decide whether to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 23-man squad.

The Arsenal midfielder sustained ligament damage in his right knee during England’s 2-2 draw against Ecuador at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday.

After training ahead of Saturday’s final warmup game against Honduras, Hodgson confirmed that the decision on Oxlade-Chamberlain would be taken “at the very, very last moment.”

Hodgson added: “Let’s hope that it is not that serious and it won’t even be a question of him leaving us.”