James Maddison has been forced to withdraw from the England squad due to an ankle injury.
Tottenham Hotspur have announced that playmaker James Maddison will miss England’s November internationals due to an ankle injury.
The former Leicester City player was forced off in the first half of Monday’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea after injuring his ankle while sliding on the turf with no one around him.
After the game, Ange Postecoglou was no wiser about the severity of Maddison’s problem, simply stating that the 26-year-old would require further evaluation in the coming days.
Despite this, Maddison was named to Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad for this month’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia and Malta, as the Three Lions aim to finish first in Group C.
Spurs, on the other hand, announced on Friday that Maddison has withdrawn from the national team camp and will remain at Hotspur Way to undergo rehabilitation with the club’s medical staff.
“We can confirm that James Maddison has been withdrawn from the England squad due to an ankle injury,” Tottenham announced on X, formerly Twitter.
“The midfielder will not feature in the Three Lions’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia, and will remain at Hotspur Way for rehabilitation with the Club’s medical staff.”
James Maddison has been left out of England’s November squad
Maddison’s England withdrawal raises concerns about his availability for Saturday’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, where Postecoglou will be working with a depleted squad.
Destiny Udogie and Cristian Romero have both been suspended by the Lilywhites following their dismissals against Chelsea, with the former serving a one-game ban for two yellow card offences.
Meanwhile, Romero will begin a three-match domestic ban for his straight red card, which means he will miss matches against Aston Villa and Champions Manchester City following the international break.
Micky van de Ven, Romero’s center-back partner, could also be out until the New Year with a hamstring injury suffered in Monday’s London derby, and Richarlison has undergone surgery for a pelvic problem.
Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, and Alfie Whiteman are all out for the foreseeable future as they recover from surgeries, and Ben Davies’ availability is uncertain due to an ankle injury.
It’s unclear whether Southgate will call up a replacement for Maddison, who was one of only a few players called up for the November qualifiers despite recent injury concerns.
Callum Wilson was recalled after limping off in Newcastle United’s Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund, while Bukayo Saka limped off in Arsenal’s win over Sevilla but was also included.
England qualified for Euro 2024 with a 3-1 win over reigning champions Italy last month and will be confirmed as group winners with a draw against Malta next Friday, three days before the Three Lions finish their qualifying campaign against North Macedonia in Skopje.