Roy Hodgson has confirmed new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is a doubt for England’s friendly against Norway after suffering an ankle injury in training.
The 23-year-old sealed a £16million deadline day move to the Emirates from Manchester United in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
But in his first session at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground, where the Three Lions made their preparations for Wednesday’s tie at Wembley, the striker picked up a knock in training that puts his participation in doubt.
On Welbeck’s late move, England manager Hodgson said: “We are happy for Danny. He felt the move might lead to more regular football and that will only be to our advantage and we think or hope he will be ready to start for Arsenal.
“But unfortunately in training today he did manage to receive a knock in the session, but I have been assured he is okay and that it will not rule him out, but obviously I suppose it could happen.
“I would be very disappointed if he could not play today because of what happened with the last kick of the session.”
Hodgson is planning to field a “young team” against Norway, although the Three Lions coach revealed none of the four uncapped players in the 22-man squad will start.
While Calum Chambers, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose may get a chance off the bench, Jack Colback will have to wait.
The Newcastle midfielder will be available for the Switzerland match but an injury he injury picked up while playing for Newcastle at the weekend rules him out of the Wembley encounter, where he could be joined on the sidelines by Welbeck.
Hodgson confirmed Colback’s absence from Wednesday night’s match, saying: “He’s been having treatment since we got together on Sunday but unfortunately it’s still going to be a day too soon for him.
￼”Hopefully he’ll recover by Thursday so when we go to St George’s Park he’ll train but unfortunately he’s out of the game for today, but he’s the only one.”