Tottenham star James Maddison withdraws from England squad after injury suffered in Chelsea clash

He is now a major doubt for Saturday's trip to Wolves.

Tottenham star James Maddison withdraws from England squad after injury suffered in Chelsea clash
James Maddison
Maddison now a major doubt for Saturday’s clash with Wolves (Picture: Getty)

James Maddison has withdrawn from the latest England squad due to injury, Tottenham have confirmed.

The midfielder was forced off before half-time in Monday’s defeat to Chelsea, appearing to injury his ankle.

The former Leicester City star was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s final European Championship qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia on Thursday, one of several players included despite struggling with knocks in the last week.

Gareth Southgate spoke optimistically of Maddison remaining with the group but Spurs have now confirmed he will not be involved in the final international break of the year.

‘We can confirm that James Maddison has been withdrawn from the England squad due to an ankle injury, a statement from the club read.

‘The midfielder will not feature in the Three Lions’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia, and will remain at Hotspur Way for rehabilitation with the club’s medical staff.’

Maddison’s withdrawal from international duty leaves him a major doubt for Tottenham’s lunchtime clash with Wolves on Saturday.

James Maddison
Maddison was named in the England squad despite his knock (Picture: Getty)

The 26-year-old, who has five assists and three goals this term, has started every league game this season, playing a hugely influential role in Ange Postecoglou’s side as they reached the top of the Premier League before being leapfrogged by Manchester City last weekend.

Spurs will be heavily depleted this weekend with Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie serving suspensions as a result of the red cards they were shown in the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Romero will also miss games against Aston Villa and Manchester City as a result of his straight red card.

Micky van de Ven limped off just after Maddison on Monday night, suffering a hamstring injury while chasing Blues striker Nicolas Jackson.

While the Dutchman will not need surgery, he is expected to be ruled out until the start of 2024, leaving Spurs with a major dilemma at centre-half.

Richarlison meanwhile has confirmed he is set to undergo surgery.

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