Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that John Stones’ knee injury is not serious and that the defender will resume training today.

The Everton player, who is training with the Three Lions’ squad in Portugal this week, was named as a standby for England’s World Cup team last week by Hodgson.

But the centre-back twisted his knee on Tuesday and was hence not risked in yesterday’s training session.

However Hodgson, who insisted that Stones’ injury is minor, explained that the 19-year-old was left out of yesterday’s training as a precautionary measure.


“We had a slightly unfortunate incident yesterday with John Stones. He twisted his knee very slightly in training,” the manager was quoted as saying by Everton’s official site.

“It’s nothing serious and he could have trained today but we chose to leave him out because it is so early on and we don’t want to run any risks.

“In training sessions, things are always going to happen, be it a knock or a slight kick. It’s so far so good apart from John Stones, but John will train tomorrow.”

Hodgson further added Phil Jones is yet to fully recover from his shoulder injury, but the Manchester United man may take part in training this week.

“Phil Jones might be taking part in some footballing activities before the end of the week. Apart from those two, everyone is fit and well.”

Stones will be drafted into England’s final World Cup squad if Jones fails to shake off his shoulder injury in time.

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