Injury expected to rule James Maddison out of England’s opening game in Qatar

Midfielder unlikely to face Iran after missing training again Conor Gallagher says his energetic style can combat hot weatherJames Maddison is expected to miss England’s opening game at the World Cup with a slight knee problem that kept him out of training again yesterday. The Leicester midfielder, a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad, has been struggling since limping off during his side’s victory over West Ham last weekend. Maddison has not trained properly since Wednesday and is unlikely to be involved when England face Iran in Group B on Monday.The 25-year-old’s potential absence is a blow for England. Maddison was never likely to start at the Khalifa International Stadium but he would be a useful option off the bench. The injury is not believed to be serious and there is confidence that he will be available when England face Wales and the USA.

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