Johnson fit to face Montenegro

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed defender Glen Johnson will be fit to face Montenegro on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 23:25 Post Comment

Glen Johnson: Will return for England on Tuesday

Glen Johnson: Will return for England on Tuesday

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Glen Johnson will be fit to face Montenegro on Tuesday - even if he needs an injection to ease a long-standing toe problem.

Johnson first suffered the injury at the back end of last season.

At one point it seemed his chance of appearing at Euro 2012 were in doubt, although eventually, the Liverpool man found a solution that allowed him to complete an ever-present record in the tournament.

The 28-year-old has started a further five games since to consolidate his position as Roy Hodgson's first-choice right-back.

However, he was missing on Friday night, with Kyle Walker instead preferred for the eight-goal massacre of San Marino.

That Johnson did not even get changed gave the impression something was wrong.

And Hodgson has confirmed the former Chelsea star's absence was to rest the toe injury that has re-surfaced at an unfortunate time.

"In the Euros he had a slight toe problem which we had to look after," said Hodgson.

"All of a sudden it has occurred, although not to the same extent.

"There is no doubt he could have played (against San Marino). We could even have had him on the bench.

"But it would have meant an injection and I preferred to continue the treatment so he didn't have to put a boot on."

Hodgson was full of praise for Walker's performance.

Yet it does seem the intention is to use Johnson in the more testing environment of Podgorica on Tuesday.

"We hope it will get better in the next couple of days," said Hodgson.

"If it doesn't it might need an injection but there is no problem.

"It was just a precautionary measure because I felt we had enough players without taking any unnecessary risks."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

ganachus
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

I

like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

sensiblepoolfan
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

N

ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

uncle monty
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

Footer 365

Arsenal's bid for Paulo Dybala confirmed by Palermo

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims that Arsenal have made a bid for 'new Messi' Paulo Dybala.

Diego Simeone baffled by Premier League failure

Diego Simeone is baffled at the lack of cash-rich Premier League clubs in the later stages of the Champions League.

Luis Enrique urges Barcelona focus ahead of PSG clash

Luis Enrique is taking nothing for granted as he prepares his Barcelona side for their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash with PSG.

Mail Box

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

Klopp Over Rodgers? Not On Your Nelly

Liverpool fans have short memories and should give Rodgers more time, while Jose's tactics and claims are getting many more in a stew. It's the afternoon Mailbox...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company