Jarrod Bowen’s knee injury is NOT as bad as first feared after the West Ham star pulled out of England squad to face North Macedonia… with the Hammers hoping the winger won’t be sidelined by the issue

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West Ham insiders are playing down the knee injury that has forced Jarrod Bowen to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s England camp.

Sources say the withdrawal was precautionary as Bowen was back at their Rush Green training ground for assessments after the blow.

West Ham will hope the problem will not sideline Bowen, especially with Michail Antonio facing a long-term ban due to a knee ligament injury.

Antonio injured his knee while away at Jamaica, leaving West Ham without striker options.

Manager David Moyes has deployed Bowen up front, with Danny Ings and Divin Mubama further down the pecking order.

Jarrod Bowen’s knee injury is not as bad as initially feared after he left the England squad

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Bowen will miss England’s Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia as a result of the blow and it remains to be seen whether he is deemed fit enough for West Ham’s Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tomas Soucek suffered a nasty head injury while away with the Czech Republic, who also sent Vladimir Coufal home after an unsolicited visit to a nightclub while on international duty.

Jakub Brabec and Jan Kuchta were also fired by their Czech bosses after breaking the rules.

The 26-year-old Bowen reported for international duty last week and was an unused substitute in the 2-0 win over Malta on Friday evening.

The Hammers are hopeful Bowen will not be sidelined after suffering a fall in training

Southgate confirmed Bowen’s withdrawal from the squad on Sunday at a press conference ahead of England’s visit to the Tose Proeski Arena.

‘Unfortunately, Jarrod Bowen has suffered some issues in training which will require a bit more assessment before we are completely clear on whether it is OK to play or not.’ said the English boss.

‘I don’t think it will be anything serious. But we just didn’t have enough time and we wouldn’t take any chances in that situation.”

England now face a reduced squad as they head into their final Euro 2024 qualifier, with Jude Bellingham and James Maddison among those absent for the winter international break.


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