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Campbell worry for England

Published: Sunday 1 August 2004, 16.11CET
Arsenal FC defender Sol Campbell is likely to miss England's first two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Published: Sunday 1 August 2004, 16.11CET

Campbell worry for England

Arsenal FC defender Sol Campbell is likely to miss England's first two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Arsenal FC defender Sol Campbell is likely to miss England's first two FIFA World Cup qualifiers with an achilles injury.

'A big blow'
Campbell has returned early from Arsenal's pre-season trip to Amsterdam, and manager Arsène Wenger confirmed that the centre-back would be out until mid-September, unlike striker Thierry Henry who has the same problem. "It will be at least six weeks," Wenger said of Campbell. "This is a big blow for us, although there is more reassuring news about Thierry Henry, who could be ready for the first Premiership match."

Matches missed
The 29-year-old, who was named in the UEFA EURO 2004™ All-Star Squad, should therefore be unavailable for England's 18 August friendly against Ukraine, plus the World Cup qualifying Group 6 matches in Austria on 4 September and Poland four days later. However, Campbell has a further week to recover for Arsenal's opening UEFA Champions League group stage fixture.

Ferdinand suspension
England are already without Campbell's long-term defensive partner Rio Ferdinand, whose suspension for missing a drug test does not end until 20 September.

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