Harry Winks has withdrawn from the England Under-21s squad because of an ankle injury.
The Tottenham midfielder broke into the senior England team earlier this season, impressing to the point he was considered a genuine candidate to start in the Three Lions’ midfield at the World Cup.
That followed a number of standout displays for Spurs, including a memorable performance in the 3-1 over Real Madrid in the Champions League at Wembley.
However, the recurrence of an ankle injury he suffered towards the end of last season has hindered his progress for club and country in recent months.
Winks struggled to return to full fitness since hurting his ankle for a second time in the first half of the campaign, and he has failed to displace Mousa Dembele in Tottenham’s midfield even when fit enough.
Having been called up to the England Under-21s squad for the current international break, his World Cup chances seem slim right now.
And yet another ankle injury looks set to harm those chances even more. Hopefully he can get the right treatment and return soon.