World Cup 2022

England receive bad news over the fitness of James Maddison & Kyle Walker ahead of World Cup opener vs Iran

Fitness updates on James Maddison and Kyle Walker ahead of England vs Iran.

The England squad have this morning being taking part in their second training session in Qatar ahead of the World Cup.

The Three Lions face Iran in their opening game on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s plans for the tournament have been hampered by injuries and this morning he has been given more bad news ahead of the first match.

Bad news for Maddison and Walker update

England are likely to be without both James Maddison and Kyle Walker for their first game against Iran.

Both players have been struggling with injuries and these are set to keep them sidelined for Monday’s match.

Maddison picked up a knee injury in Leicester’s final match before the tournament away at West Ham.

During this morning’s England training, Maddison left the session early due to ‘load management’ with concerns over his knee.

The injury is not thought to be serious but clearly, some doubts are there over the issue and he is not expected to feature against Iran.

Meanwhile, Kyle Walker has been managing a long-term groin injury which has seen him miss Man City’s last 12 matches.

Southgate took a chance on selecting the 32-year-old given the fact he has been sidelined since the start of October.

The defender has already ruled himself out of the opening match, however, he was involved in training this morning.

This means that Kieran Trippier is almost a shoo-in to start on Monday.

Walker told ITV: “It depends on the coach.

“I think for the first game it’s a bit too short. But after that, I’ll be fine and I’ll be ready to play.”

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Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown

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