Extent of Dele Alli’s injury revealed – will he play against Panama?

Extent of Dele Alli’s injury revealed – will he play against Panama?

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A scan has confirmed Dele Alli suffered a slight thigh strain during England’s win over Tunisia, the Three Lions have announced.

The Tottenham midfielder started sharply in England’s World Cup opener but pulled up holding his thigh just before half-time.

Gareth Southgate decided to keep Alli on until the 80th minute in the hope he would still have an effect on the game, but the 22-year-old struggled to make an impact in the second half.

On Tuesday, it was revealed he would undergo a scan to discover the extent of the injury.

Later in the evening, England revealed Alli had suffered a slight thigh strain and will be managed over the coming days.

That makes him a doubt for the Three Lions’ next Group G game against Panama on Sunday.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is likely to come into the starting line-up if Alli doesn’t recover in time.

It might be worth resting Alli regardless as he may be needed for the final group match against Belgium.

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