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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for Uruguay clash- Hodgson

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Posted  Wednesday, June 11   2014 at  01:00
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Roy Hodgson is hopeful Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit to return for for England's second World Cup match against Uruguay.

Oxlade-Chamberlain starred in the Three Lions' 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami last week before being forced off with a knee injury.

He has since been diagnosed with knee ligament damage, putting his Brazil dream on hold.

But speaking to reports at England's Rio de Janiero training base, Hodgson said he hopes to have the Arsenal man fit for their second Group D clash.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did very well, you may have seen the running he was doing," the Three Lions boss said.

"It's very positive, he was running so well and so fast and we will be stepping up his recovery in due course.

"It's not a job for me to say when he will be back though, that is a medical matter. We are hoping for Uruguay but there is no guarantee."

Hodgson confirmed skipper Steven Gerrard is fit to start against Italy in their opening game on Saturday.

Reports have suggested the Liverpool star is nursing a groin problem.

However, the England boss poured cold water over that suggestion, and insisted his captain is ready for the test against the Azzurri.

"There is nothing wrong with Steven Gerrard," he said.

"Steven did some extra work at the end of that training session. There's nothing wrong with him and I don't understand that story at all."