England centre-back Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 with a fractured jaw.
Both the 26-year-old and Chelsea team-mate John Terry suffered injuries during the Three Lions’ 1-0 friendly victory over Belgium on Saturday, but the latter has been given the all-clear after a scan on Sunday revealed a hamstring strain was not as serious as first feared.
Liverpool full-back Martin Kelly has been called up as Cahill’s replacement.
The Football Association confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday.
“Gary Cahill has been withdrawn from England’s Euro 2012 squad following the injury he suffered in the match against Belgium,” it read.
The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one either side. The England medical team have been in close contact overnight with Cahill’s club doctors who will treat him moving forward.
Liverpool defender Kelly will be called into the squad – subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team.
Kelly trained with the England players last week and was part of the group that travelled to Norway.
Terry had a scan on Sunday morning and was given the all clear. He will be reassessed on Tuesday when the team regroup.
This latest injury adds to a disastrous week for manager Roy Hodgson, who has already lost the services of both Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.
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