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Sunday 03 June 2012

Chelsea's Cahill out of Euro 2012

Fractured jaw means call-up for Liverpool's Martin Kelly, while John Terry gets all-clear

Gary Cahill was injured during the first half of England v Belgium

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will miss the summer's European Championship after suffering a double fracture of his jaw while playing for England in Saturday's match against Belgium.

Cahill collided with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart early in the match after a push from Belgium's Dries Mertens.

He was replaced by Joleon Lescott and taken to hospital for scans which revealed two fractures of his jaw, one one on either side.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will now be called into the squad – subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team.

All 16 teams at Euro 2012 have submitted their final 23-man squad lists - but they are allowed a replacement if injury rules out a player ahead of the start of the tournament on June 8th.

Liverpool's Kelly, 22, trained with the England players last week and was part of the group that travelled to Norway for the friendly victory on May 26th.

Injuries

The news is the latest in a series of unfortunate pre-tournament injuries for England - Cahill joins team-mate Frank Lampard in seeing his Euro 2012 hopes end before the tournament.

Gareth Barry of Manchester City has also been ruled out, as has Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.

There was some good news for England though as Chelsea defender John Terry has been been given the all-clear following concerns over a hamstring injury - although will be re-assessed on Tuesday when the team regroup.

Cahill will now be treated by Chelsea's club doctors.

England begin their Euro 2012 campaign against France on Monday June 11th.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to miss Euro 2012 with fractured jaw
  • Liverpool's Martin Kelly called up to squad as replacement
  • Cahill's team-mate John Terry given all-clear over hamstring injury