Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott will be out of action for six weeks after suffering a hamstring tendon injury, putting his involvement in this summer’s World Cup in serious doubt.
Joleon Lescott: Another defensive casualty for England ahead of the World Cup.
The former Wolves defender felt a twinge in his hamstring ahead of the 2-1 win against Fulham on Sunday, meaning he wasn’t involved in the game at Craven Cottage. Now there is doubt over how many of Man City’s remaining nine Premier League games he will play.
The next of which is a home game with Everton on Wednesday, a game which Lescott will be disappointed to be missing out on as it would have given him the chance to face his former club. Manchester City’s Premier League betting odds make the side favourites to secure fourth and the injury could be a blow for to the team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
However, things could get even worse for the 27-year-old if he suffers any kind of setback during his return to full fitness. He has high hopes of being in the England squad this summer, but Fabio Capello has made it clear he won’t select players who aren’t 100 per cent fit as he looks to ensure the side can justify their position third favourites in the World Cup betting.
If Lescott’s recovery goes well he could be back for Manchester City’s final two Premier League games on May 5th and May 9th, but considering Capello names his provisional 35-man squad on May 16th, it leaves Lescott only a few days to prove his fitness and form.
This is the latest in a list of injuries to England’s defenders. Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand have missed lots of football, Wes Brown’s World Cup hopes are in doubt and Glen Johnson has only just returned from injury.