England boss Gareth Southgate admits that Mason Mount and Luke Shaw are "unlikely" to be passed fit for Friday's World Cup Qualifying battle with Albania.
England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted that Mason Mount and Luke Shaw are "unlikely" to be passed fit for Friday's World Cup 2022 Qualifying clash with Albania.
Chelsea playmaker Mount recently had his wisdom teeth taken out, while Manchester United's Shaw suffered a blow to the head in the derby defeat to Manchester City.
Both men were only thought to have outside chances of making the cut for the visit of Albania, and Southgate now does not expect either man to feature.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Southgate said: "I've got to check in with our medical staff for our update. The longer it goes, the more unlikely it is.
"Mason has to recover from his dental surgery. Luke didn't pass his HIA after the first day and rightly, we have to follow the guidelines with that."
The Three Lions have also lost Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse and Declan Rice, with the latter withdrawing on Wednesday due to illness.
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