Aug 4, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A ball lies on the field before the first half of the Internazionale and Valencia match at Metlife Stadium. Valencia won the match 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Liverpool's Glen Johnson ruled out of England World Cup Qualifiers with high ankle sprain

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain during Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday and will be missing two key World Cup qualifiers as a result. According to reports.

The defender was forced to withdraw from the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with the knock and left Anfield on crutches. Johnson has been a key defender for the English squad for much of his international career and will likely be replaced by Everton’s Leighton Baines for the two meetings over the next two weeks as the World Cup Qualifiers heat up.

After being examined by Liverpool’s medical staff at Melwood, Johnson has been advised to rest before undergoing further checks. Liverpool employing a cautious approach as the club is currently riding a wave of excitement after scoring three straight wins to start the season without star forward Luis Suarez, including their one-nil win on Super Sunday over their rivals in United.

Liverpool have declined to name a possible return date although it is hoped he could be in contention for the Premier League game against Swansea on September 16. With the week off due to international matches Johnson will have more than enough time to heal if it is just a reported sprain, but as we saw with Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, injury estimations can change in a matter of days. The supporters at Anfield will be wishing Johnson a quick recovery.


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