England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Danny Welbeck will be fit to face Italy in their opening FIFA World Cup Group D game against Italy in Manaus on Saturday.
"Danny's fit," Hodgson said in his pre-match press conference at the Amazonia Arena. "I'm very fortunate that even after four weeks of preparation, the only player who isn't available for selection is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That we knew, so there can be no complaints on that score."
"I'm very fortunate that even after four weeks of preparation, the only player who isn't available for selection is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain."
British newspapers reported on Tuesday that Manchester United forward Welbeck had been forced out of a closed training session with a thigh injury and he did not train with the squad on Wednesday. Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is working his way back to fitness after damaging knee ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador.