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England’s Glen Johnson could miss World Cup 2014

INJURY WOE: Glen Johnson (PA)

ENGLAND COULD suffer further World Cup injury woe following the news that Liverpool defender is out of action for an “indefinite” period with a serious ankle injury.

The bad news about the 29-year-old right-back comes after Arsenal’s Theo Walcott was ruled out of the Finals in Brazil after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage.

Johnson has had a reoccurring problem with his ankle this season and hobbled off the pitch during last weekend’s (Jan 18) 2-2 draw against Stoke.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “The timeline he'll be out will be indefinite really.

"I just think it's now at that point where we need to get him right.”

He added: “Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team but unfortunately he's struggled a lot with a number of injuries.

“He's had a real bad ankle for a period of time and just one or two other issues that haven't allowed him to be 100 per cent.

“We've got a lot of defenders and I'm not sure we need many more in - my first look will always be towards the young players.”

Johnson could still make the World Cup in Brazil, but the fact that his injury has been persistent for several months may mean he could undergo surgery then face an uphill battle to regain fitness.

It is worrying news for England boss Roy Hodgson, who will want as many experienced players as possible for his final squad. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and Manchester City’s Micah Richards are all in contention to claim the right-back spot for themselves.

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