Roy Hodgson shocked by injury to midfielder

England manager Roy Hodgson has found himself having to answer questions regarding the injury to midfielder Fabian Deplh, and whether or not he should’ve played last night against Switzerland after previously picking up a knock during training, which has resulted in a hamstring injury to Delph and an international manager who now has to justify to his club and to fans, the reasons for playing someone with a known issue already.

“He pulled his hamstring. No, [Delph was] not [a concern] at all. He’s trained every session, felt good, played in San Marino.

“It was just that burst, that acceleration. He felt it’s a definite pull. How serious, a scan will have to show us.

“We’re very disappointed, as is he. It’s not something that we could have prevented because there was no risk putting him on the field.

“I can’t remember having to make a change before after nine seconds. It robbed us of one early on. It gave us a chance to play Ross Barkley, who had been unlucky to lose his place.”

Internationals are always an issue for fans and clubs, and whether or not their player/player’s will return unscathed for their league competitions etc, should Delph of been risked given the knowledge of his knock already – no, and I’m sure Manchester City will be asking for a full explanation for their new summer signing who already looks a long term absentee.


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