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England winger Townsend to miss WCup with injury

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — English national team winger Andros Townsend will miss the World Cup because of a left ankle injury.

Tottenham said Wednesday the 22-year-old needs surgery to repair ligament damage and will be out for 10 weeks.

Townsend has made five appearances for England and was a candidate for the World Cup roster that England coach Roy Hodgson plans to announce May 12.

"He had a fantastic debut bursting onto the scene, and he did really well," Hodgson said. "I have been a bit disappointed for him that he has not had as much playing time over recent months ... but to see him ruled out like this with a serious ankle injury is a cruel blow."

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez already had been ruled out of the tournament because of injuries.

Hodgson remains hopeful Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere will recover in time along with Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

Tottenham right back Kyle Walker hasn't played since March because of a pelvic injury.

"We haven't been told for certain that he will be out for the next six to 10 weeks but we are concerned that it has been a long time he has been out," Hodgson said. "During that time he has not been able to do any training with the rest of the team as far as I know. I know he has had another injection. We are waiting to find out whether that helps."

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