Jack Grealish MISSES England training ahead of Scotland clash

Jack Grealish MISSES England training and works away from Three Lions team-mates in bid to recover in time for Scotland clash at Wembley… as 24 players take part in today’s session following Dean Henderson withdrawal

  • Jack Grealish did not train with his England team-mates on Tuesday morning
  • England confirmed the Aston Villa star has been ‘working away from the group’
  • The reason for Grealish’s absence from the session is not yet currently known
  • Grealish suffered with a shin injury in the months building up to the Euros 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Jack Grealish did not take part in England’s training session on Tuesday as Gareth Southgate’s men prepared for this Friday’s group game against Scotland.

The reason for Grealish’s absence is not yet known but England’s official social media channels confirmed the Aston Villa skipper was ‘working away from the group’ in a bid to get fully fit for the clash at Wembley.

Grealish had been suffering with a shin injury that kept him out for the second half of the Premier League season but did return to play in both of England’s pre-tournament friendlies with Austria and Romania.

Jack Grealish did not take part in Tuesday’s training session with his England team-mates

Grealish worked away from the group on his own while Gareth Southgate oversaw the session

However, the 25-year-old didn’t feature in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Croatia while he did make the bench.

Grealish did train with his England team-mates on Monday but his fitness is now being managed by Southgate. 

Southgate revealed before the Euros that keeping Grealish would be a difficult task and now appears to be managing the playmaker’s fitness with the tournament now in full flow.

‘I don’t see him as an injury doubt,’ Southgate said. ‘I see a realistic view in terms of where can we get to from where he is in the space of two weeks, in terms of 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes? 

The Aston Villa skipper suffered with a shin injury in the months building up to the Euros

While he didn’t feature on Sunday, Grealish did play in both of England’s pre-Euros friendlies

‘We risk breaking him. We can’t overload him, so we’ve got to manage that really correctly for his welfare, as well as for performance.

‘Can these guys go for six [sets of] 90 minutes? Very unlikely I would say.

‘[Grealish] is not able to train on consecutive days for example, and he hasn’t had a high training load going into those matches. There are elements of risks that brings.’

Grealish wasn’t the only noticeable absentee from Tuesday’s session, which saw 24 men take part. 

England announced that Dean Henderson would play no further part in the tournament with the goalkeeper withdrawing from the squad due to a hip injury. 

The Three Lions squad trained on Tuesday in preparation for Friday’s clash with Scotland

(Left to right) Raheem Sterling, Ben White, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford were a part of the session

Harry Maguire (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) also took part in the morning group session

West Ham’s star midfielder Declan Rice takes part in a sprinting drill at St George’s Park

Southgate oversaw the session which only included 24 men from his 26-man squad

Aaron Ramsdale was called up in Henderson’s place as a result.

Under UEFA regulations, squads are permitted to replace goalkeepers on medical grounds at any stage, which has allowed Southgate to call up Ramsdale to his Three Lions set-up once the Sheffield United man has completed Covid testing protocols.

The FA said in a statement: ‘Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Dean Henderson in England’s UEFA Euro 2020 squad.

‘Henderson withdraws with a hip issue that would continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.

Dean Henderson (left) has been forced to withdraw from England’s Euro 2020 squad due to a hip injury with Aaron Ramsdale (right) called up in his place

‘The Manchester United goalkeeper will now return to his club for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021-22 season.

‘Ramsdale was originally a member of Gareth Southgate’s pre-tournament group in Middlesbrough having played for England at this year’s UEFA U21 Euro in Slovenia in March.

‘The Sheffield United player, a 2017 UEFA U19 Euro winner, will now follow standard Covid-19 testing protocol before entering the camp.’

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