World Cup 2014 Injuries: Roy Hodgson Optimistic About Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Recovery, Denies Gerrard Injury

RIO DE JANEIRO—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.