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Alex suffers ligament injury, may be out for three weeks

Miami: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a medial knee ligament injury against Ecuador on Wednesday, England said on Thursday without elaborating how long the winger would be sidelined with the World Cup just days away.

“The England medical team are continuing to monitor and treat the injury,” the English FA said in a statement on its website.

British media reported that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out for between 10 days and three weeks, raising question marks over whether he can be kept in the squad, with manager Roy Hodgson able to call up a replacement if necessary.

Oxlade-Chamberlain looked dangerous in the 2-2 draw before hobbling off.

Sanchez sizzles

Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez once again proved his worth as a playmaker, setting up both goals in Chile’s 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland, Valparaiso.

Sanchez provided the pass for Eduardo Vargas to head home Chile’s opener after 79 minutes. Three minutes later Sanchez split the opponent defence for substitute striker Mauricio Pinilla to fire home Chile’s second.

Yaya rested

Yaya Toure was left out of the Ivory Coast’s warm-up match as a precautionary measure, with the country’s football federation playing down fears over the midfielder’s fitness.

Toure was a spectator as Gervinho and Didier Drogba scored first-half goals in a 2-1 win over El Salvador in Frisco, near Dallas on Wednesday.

Italy held

Lowly Luxembourg tore up the script with a late equaliser in a 1-1 friendly draw with Italy that wrecked the four times World Cup winners’ hopes of a triumphant send-off to Brazil.

Defender Maxime Chanot stunned the home crowd in Perugia with a bullet header from a corner five minutes before the end that cancelled out Claudio Marchisio’s smart ninth minute opener, also from a header.

Cavani strikes

Striker Edinson Cavani and substitute Christian Stuani scored to fire Uruguay to a 2-0 win over Slovenia at the Centenario, Montevideo. Cavani nipped between the centre backs to head home a fine cross into the box from the left by Diego Forlan and Stuani scored his second goal in two games in the 75th minute following his effort in Friday’s 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. (Agencies)