It’s rotten luck but it looks as though both Bobby Zamora and David Stockdale could miss out on being involved with England next week due to injuries picked up in today’s draw at Blackpool.
Zamora, who put Fulham ahead at Bloomfield Road, is a big doubt according to manager Mark Hughes after picking up a thigh strain. He was a certainty to be included in Fabio Capello’s squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland after impressing on his debut against Hungary a fortnight ago, but limped out of today’s game midway through the second period.
Hughes’ post-match comments revealed just how much of a team man Zamora, who must be relishing the chance to make his mark in international, really is.
Bobby went really stiff at half time. He thought it was just a bang on the muscle and went out again. But he could not shake it off.
I think he must be a doubt unfortunately. He was really looking forward to getting a chance. I will imagine he will go and be assessed by the England medical team and we will receive the information as quickly as we can. But at the moment he looks doubtful.
David Stockdale’s call-up to Capello’s squad, widely trailed in the weekend papers, is also in jeopardy after the 24-year-old goalkeeper sustained an ankle injury in a collision with Luke Varney. Stockdale, who made a number of fine saves this afternoon, has enjoyed a fine start to the season in the Fulham goal but Hughes is just as pessimistic about his chances of staying with the national squad should be included.
David has come in and done really well. But he has gone over on his ankle. He has got to be a doubt. It will be a real shame if he cannot stay with the group if he is picked.