Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Eriksson bothered by injuries before World Cup

England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he is concerned about the fitness of three of his key players ahead of the World Cup finals ln Baden-Baden of Germany.

Arsenal defenders Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole, along with Newcastle United striker Michael Owen, are all certainties to go to Germany if fit, but none are currently available.

Eriksson told reporters on Wednesday that he had concerns aboutall of them hoped all of theme would be on the pitch very soon. Campbell, plagued by injury over the past year, made his latest comeback in a reserve match for his club on Tuesday but has not played first-team football since Feburary 1.

Cole has only played once since October due to a broken foot, thigh injury and twisted ankle and Owen has not played since breaking a bone in his foot on December 31.

Eriksson indicated he would announce a squad of 26 players on May 8, 23 certainties for the finals and three on stand by who will only travel if a team mate is forced to withdraw because of injury.


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