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England National Team: Injury Updates on Gerrard, Sturridge and Smalling

JackmanContributor IMarch 1, 2012

Following the 3-2 loss to Holland on Wednesday, more news has been released concerning the three injured England players—Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling, according to BBC Sport.

Man of the Match Daniel Sturridge, who replaced Gerrard, was taken off after suffering a swollen toe just minutes before the final whistle. No news yet if he will feature in Chelsea's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 3rd March.

Steven Gerrard came off after being affected by a tight hamstring. After missing a lot of the season through injury, this latest setback will frustrate him for sure.

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce said, "Gerrard was just feeling a little bit tight so we took him off as a 'precautionary', on the grounds we were only going to play him for 45 minutes anyway."

The biggest news is of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, who was stretchered off after clashing heads with the Dutch forward Klaas Jan-Huntelaar. Blood stained the pitch, and Jan-Huntelaar was left with a mouth full of grass. He went to hospital after walking off with a bandage on his head and an apparent mouth injury as well.

Smalling has gone to hospital and received treatment, after what Pearce described as a "really bad gash on his head." Pearce later said, "I spoke with him and he was conscious. Our thoughts are with him and I am hoping that he will be fine." 

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