LONDON: England defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro2012 with a double fracture of the jaw, the Football Association(FA) announced on Sunday. The 26-year-old – who won the FA Cup and Champions League withChelsea last season – suffered the injury when he was shoved in theback by Belgium’s Dries Mertens during the first half of a 1-0international friendly win at Wembley on Saturday and, as a result,collided with England goalkeeper Joe Hart. He was sent for X-rays and now he has become the third player todrop out of England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad this week aftermidfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard’s hopes of playing inPoland and Ukraine were dashed by injury. Liverpool’s Martin Kelly was called up Sunday as a replacement,with Hodgson having already omitted veteran Manchester Unitedcentre-back Rio Ferdinand from his original squad. Retort Pouch
An FA statement issued on Sunday said: “Gary Cahill has beenwithdrawn from England’s Euro 2012 squad following the injury hesuffered in the match against Belgium. “The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one eitherside. The England medical team have been in close contact overnightwith Cahill’s club doctors who will treat him moving forward. “Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will be called into the squad -subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team. Retort Pouch Manufacturer
“Kelly trained with the England players last week and was part ofthe group that travelled to Norway (where England won 1-0 in Osloto give Hodgson a win in his first game as England boss).” Some good news on the injury front did arrive on Sunday when JohnTerry, Cahill’s Chelsea and England central defensive colleague,was passed fit – for the time being at least – after suffering ahamstring problem against Belgium. “John Terry has been scanned this morning and given the all-clear,”the FA said. “He will be re-assessed on Tuesday when the teamregroup.” Hodgson immediately feared the worst regarding Cahill’s injury,saying after the match: “The referee gave him (Mertens) a yellowcard, which he deserved. Unfortunately for us, the consequencesmight be a lot more than a yellow card because a fracture is adistinct possibility.” Now Hodgson has been proved right and he heads to his first majortournament as England manager minus several players from hisoriginal squad, with third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy’s fingerinjury on the second day of training starting a run of fitnessproblems. Saturday’s match was England’s last before they begin their Euro2012 Group D campaign against France in Donetsk on June 11 – a gamein which Cahill looked likely to start alongside club-mate Terry. China Vacuum Packaging Bags
But now the Chelsea captain, if fit, could be partnered by eitherEverton’s Phil Jagielka or Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott. Manchester United’s Phil Jones is the only other recogniseddefender although he could be needed to bolster midfield in theabsence of Lampard and Barry. Kelly, who made his England debut off the bench against Norway, isanother option, albeit he’s a novice at international level. As well as Terry, England also have concerns over Danny Welbeck,who scored against Belgium, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.