Saturday 20 January 2018

Capello will wait on Brown

Fabio Capello expects Manchester United defender Wes Brown to recover from a broken bone in his left foot in time to be selected for England's final squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

Brown suffered the injury in a tackle with Wolves's Matt Jarvis during the champions' 1-0 win at Molineux on Saturday evening and yesterday underwent a scan to discover the extent of the problem.

Though no official word has yet been given as to the results of that examination, the England hierarchy has been led to believe Brown will be out of action for around six weeks, rather than the two to three months that had been feared as he left Wolverhampton with his foot encased in a protective boot.

That would leave the 30-year-old more than a month to regain his fitness before the start of England's campaign on June 11 in Rustenburg and, as it stands, Capello is planning on taking Brown as understudy to Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson.

Brown's injury had been taken as a sign that either Gary Neville, his United team-mate, or Micah Richards of Manchester City would be drafted in as cover, but it is believed that, even if Brown's recuperation does not go to plan, Capello may choose not to call up a second specialist right back.

Though the Italian has always insisted he would base his squad selection on the principle of choosing two players for each position, he is thought to be considering taking just Johnson and tasking another squad member with deputising at right-back should the need arise.

Irish Independent

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