Football: Double blow to England

2012-10-15 00:00

LONDON — England suffered a double blow ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Poland after Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand were ruled out of the trip to Warsaw.

Lampard, who has a knee injury, and Bertrand, sidelined by a throat infection, missed Friday’s 5-0 victory over San Marino, but England manager Roy Hodgson was hopeful they would recover in time for the Poland clash.

But, after reporting to England’s training camp yesterday to be assessed by the medical team, it was decided that neither would be able to take part.

“Lampard and Bertrand did not play in England’s win over San Marino, and will not be ready for Tuesday’s game,” read a Football Association statement.

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