England captain Scott Parker’s participation in the Euro 2012 finals hinges on an injection in a damaged achilles, his club manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.
Parker missed Tottenham’s final match of the Premier League season, Sunday’s 2-0 home victory over London neighbours Fulham.
And Redknapp revealed that new England manager Roy Hodgson will discover within a week whether he must do without the midfielder.
“He is going to have an injection tomorrow and they are hoping with six or seven days of rest it could clear up,” Redknapp said.
“So we will have to wait and see with Scott. If it doesn’t clear up then he would not be fit for the finals.
“If he has to have an operation then he would be out long term.”
Another player who would be expected to be included in the squad for next month’s finals in Poland and the Ukraine if fully fit is Kyle Walker.
The defender was already playing despite a broken toe and had to be substituted early in the second half because of an ankle injury.
But this time the news was more positive.
“He’s OK,” Redknapp said. “He was limping about there but I’m sure he will be all right tomorrow. He just could not run properly. Kyle will be OK for the Euros.”
Meanwhile, Hodgson has failed to persuade goalkeeper Ben Foster to come out of international exile for the European Championship.
Foster has impressed Hodgson while on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Birmingham this season even though the 29-year-old Foster announced a year ago that he was taking an indefinite break from international football.
Foster states Hodgson “tried hard to persuade me to change my mind … but he totally understood my reasons why and was very respectful of that.”
Foster wants to spend time with his family instead of going to Euro 2012.
And he states his “best form has been since I retired from England and I feel my body gets a good rest.”
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