Groin injuries are not uncommon in the world of football and with Gareth Barry being the most recent recipient of one such wound, England’s Euro 2012 campaign will be another man down as Barry is expected to be sidelined for at least 3 weeks.
Scans revealed a clear tear for Barry, forcing the tough call from medics and England manager Hodgson on whether or not to pull the defensive midfielder. The team resigned to pull Barry for the remainder of the Euro in hopes he’d be ready to resume pre-season training after making a full recovery by July.
Stand-by Phil Jegielka will be brought up to fill the position left by Barry. Having missed World Cup competition two years ago, this will be Jegielka’s time to shine.
The event follows other injuries hanging over the English team’s heads from John Ruddy, Scott Parker, Daniel Welbeck, and Glen Johnson. The players will be evaluated before the EUFA’s Tuesday deadline for meeting fit-to-play standards. Hodgson expects the trio to be ready for the pitch by Tuesday.
Bookies may be scrambling to recover from such upsets but maintain several viable options for punters looking to capitalize on all of the Euro 2012 action. One thing is certain, as more and more injuries begin to pile up pre-competition, odds are sure to even out between both favorites and under-dogs.
Remember the books close at many venues on June 8th. So, keep up to date on the latest news and get your slips in before it’s too late.