It has been confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a medial knee ligament injury during England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday night.
The Arsenal midfielder will be touch and go as we head to the final weeks countdown to the World Cup. England can name a replacement right up to June 13th, a day before their opening game against Italy in Manaus.
Oxlade-Chaberlain was playing for the first time since April 20th due to a groin injury and lasted just 63 minutes before being helped off the field following a heated challenge with Carlos Gruezo.
It's a massive blow to England as Oxlade-Chamberlain was perhaps having a man of the match performance against Ecuador showing pace and power as he carved his way through the South Americans defense.
England will now wait to see if they must name a replacement. Reports suggest the injury could take between 10 days and three weeks to recover from and England must make a judgement based on the initial reaction to treatment.
If a replacement is needed, you would think it would be either Michael Carrick or Tom Cleverley who are both on the stand-by list. Neither deserve a spot in this England team, but unfortunately one of them may get it.
We need to stay confident and hopeful that the Ox can make a recovery:
Gutted to have picked up an injury yesterday. I'm staying positive and getting to work with the medical team on recovery..Fingers crossed!— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) June 5, 2014