Arsenal & England star Oxlade-Chamberlain gives injury update

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was mid-way through his rehab for the day when he gave fans an update on his progress to make the FIFA World Cup group games.

Fears over the extent of exciting midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee injury were allayed somewhat when it was revealed that the time-frame for his anticipated return to England duty would be 7 to 21 days from the time of injury, Wednesday evening, during the Three Lions' 2-2 draw with Ecuador at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

No matter how swift Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery is, it is expected he will miss the opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday, June 14, however, depending on his fitness, he may be able to participate in the Uruguay fixture on June 19 but, if not, start against the Costa Ricans on June 24.

Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke recently about the importance of staying positive while today, Friday, he uploaded the above photograph to his Instagram account accompanied with the following message for his - and the nation's - supporters.

He said: "I got through some good rehab work this morning… bit of chill time now before I start round two in a bit."

England manager Roy Hodgson does not have to make a decision regarding Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury until one day before the tournament begins, where he will have the option of replacing the player with a "stand-by" such as Michael Carrick or Tom Cleverley, or keep the Gunner in camp.

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