Dele Alli is a major doubt for England’s World Cup clash with Panama, writes John Cross in Repino .
The Tottenham midfielder was sent for a scan at a private hospital in St Petersburg and it showed he has suffered a “minor thigh strain.”
The Football Association have confirmed the injury will be managed over the next few day,s but that means Alli is unlikely to train and may now miss the the Three Lions’ middle Group G game against the central Americans on Sunday.
Boss Gareth Southgate is highly likely to make a change to protect the 22-year-old, who was injured during the first half of Monday night’s 2-1 win over Tunisia.
Southgate readied Fabian Delph to come on for him, but Alli was desperate to continue and insisted he was okay.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek eventually replaced Alli with 10 minutes to go and could now be favourite to start in his place at the weekend, with Delph set to fly home to be with his expectant wife when she gives birth.
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The manager is also keen to give Marcus Rashford a chance up front and may also consider starting him, while Ashley Young impressed and left win-back alternative Danny Rose is struggling for fitness.
It means Southgate – who knows a victory in Nizhny Novgorod will almost certainly guarantee qualification to the knockout phase – may be forced into changes when he is reluctant to disrupt the rhythm of his team.
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