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Oxlade-Chamberlain trains for England

ESPN staff
June 9, 2014
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered medial knee ligament damage against Ecuador © PA Photos

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to light training for England on Monday as he continues to battle back to fitness for the World Cup.

The 20-year-old was forced off during England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday after suffering medial knee ligament damage, with widespread reports suggesting he would be out for a minimum of 10 days.

Despite fears that the Arsenal midfielder would miss the tournament in Brazil, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain would recover in time "without a shadow of a doubt", and England confirmed his return at their Rio de Janeiro training camp via Twitter on Monday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss England's first two Group D matches against Italy and Uruguay, but Hodgson hopes he will be fit to feature against Costa Rica on June 24.

Hodgson had previously stated that England would wait until the "last minute" to make a decision on Oxlade-Chamberlain's fitness, but he travelled with the squad to Rio.

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