England manager Gareth Southgate has informed Chelsea defender Reece James that he will not be part of his World Cup squad, 90min understands.
James injured his knee against AC Milan in mid-October and has since been battling to try and prove his fitness.
The 22-year-old had been hopeful that he would fit to play by the end of the month, and be available for England’s final group with Wales on November 29th.
However, Southgate has decided – having consulted England’s medical staff – not to pick James as they don’t believe he will be fit enough to play any major part in the tournament.
James had flown to Dubai at the start of November to try and accelerate his recovery, but with Southgate due to name his final 26-man party on Thursday, he has failed to convince the England boss and his medical staff that he’ll be ready.
90min understands that Southgate would have been prepared to take James if there were guarantees on a return date – but the Three Lions medical team, who have been in close contact with James and Chelsea throughout, advised him that they could not give a set date on when he could play again.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that Southgate has informed James of his decision, sidelining him alongside teammate Ben Chilwell, who will also miss the tournament because of a hamstring injury.
There is better news for Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips – both about to return from injury – as they have been told that they will been included in the final 26-player squad – which Southgate will confirm on Thursday.
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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