England prospect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought off the Sun Life Stadium field yesterday evening, Wednesday, amid concerns he had damaged his cruciate during the 2-2 draw with Ecuador, however, those fears have been allayed by a Sky Sports report that indicates the versatile Arsenal player could be welcomed back into the fold between ten (in time for the Uruguay clash) and 21 days time.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20, breathed attacking life into the England set-up last night and required no second invitation to attempt positive forward runs from his own half and into Ecuador's defensive zone.
The fact that he is so adept with the ball at his feet ensured manager Roy Hodgson had a potentially deadly weapon he could fire at the start of World Cup group games later this month, or use the Gunner as an impact substitute.
However, what may be certain is that the player - who completed ten successful dribbles in just two Champions League appearances last term - will miss out on the opening England match against the Italians, on Saturday, June 14.
If Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery goes well and he returns on time for the ten day schedule, then he may be fit to face Uruguay on Thursday, June 19, but if he is out for the full 21 day bracket then he will miss out on all three Group D fixtures, including the final showdown against Costa Rica on Tuesday, June 24.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been internationally capped 15 times. England are yet to lose a game in which he has featured.