Injury update: England likely facing Italy without Welbeck, Sterling

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According to England boss Roy Hodgson, the Three Lions may miss two key men for their next match–a friendly against Italy on Tuesday.

Midfielder Raheem Sterling has been nursing a toe injury and needed an injection to aid his ailment, but he elected to perform versus Lithuania regardless. Now, he will enjoy time off before he gets back with Liverpool hoping to finish in the Premier League’s top five.

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“He’s (Raheem Sterling’s) been playing through a situation, getting himself ready each week to get on the field of play,” Hodgson said. “He did it again tonight, which is terrific. But he doesn’t need to continue those shows of bravery. It’s important he gets it put right for us and Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck, who was subbed off in the 77th minute  for Theo Walcott during England’s last match, sustained a knee injury. The extent of the injury is currently unknown, but Hodgson thinks it’s not very serious.

“Welbeck has had a tweak to the knee, when he dived with the goalkeeper,” Hodgson said. “We were planning to take him off anyway. He’s being assessed by the medical staff, but we won’t get a proper idea until Saturday.

“The medical staff gave me the impression they’re not terribly worried about it, but that Tuesday may be too soon. But we’ll see.”