England's Dele Alli hopeful quad injury not too serious

Sport360 staff 07:59 19/06/2018
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Dele Alli is hoping the quad complaint picked up in England’s World Cup win against Tunisia is not too serious.

The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday’s 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and seemingly ready to come on in the first half.

Alli will have the quad issue assessed upon England’s return to the team base in Repino, with the midfielder hoping it will not rule him out Sunday’s match against Panama.

“Hopefully I am OK,” Alli said after the game. “It’s my quad.”

England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for good news after keeping tabs Alli’s issue against Tunisia.

“We had to keep monitoring Dele,” the Three Lions boss said.

“He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem.

“He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top.

“But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we’d posed.”

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