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England Manager Gareth Southgate Has Dislocated His Shoulder

Tom Wood

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England Manager Gareth Southgate Has Dislocated His Shoulder

Featured Image Credit: PA

With England's crucial World Cup 2018 group game against Panama just days away, we've got some injury news from within the England camp.

England manager Gareth Southgate has dislocated his shoulder.

OK, whilst all of the England fans out there breathe slowly and deeply into a paper bag, let's move on to exactly how the England manager managed to injure himself so badly.

No, it wasn't a passing encounter with Sergio Ramos, he's safely in the Kazan Arena for his Spanish side's second group game against Iran, Southgate managed to 'Salah' himself whilst out running around the England team's training base in Repino, on Russia's Gulf of Finland coast.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Just a few days before the injury he was spotted running up and down the touchline, in full health, on the way to celebrate Harry Kane's injury time winner that gave his charges a 2 - 1 win over Group G rivals Tunisia in Volgograd.

He now faces having to temper his celebrations in future games - if there are any celebrations to be had - in fear of further aggravating his injured shoulder.

After hurting himself he was treated in a local hospital under the supervision of England team doctor Rob Chakraverty.

He told The FA's official website: "I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!

"The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.

"We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He continued: "We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off."

As far as we can tell, it hasn't affected his duties as manager greatly. In fact, he was back at the base for a team meeting and conducted proceedings with his arm in a sling.

He's just happy that he was the one to take the blow, and not one of his players.

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He continued: "It is better this is me than one of the players,

"They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking 'what have you been doing!?' - as always, they were probably quite amused.

"It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.

"I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!"

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Well, he might have missed out on a PB, but surely a win over Panama with no further injury concerns will be more than enough of a consolation.

England take on Panama at 1pm BST on Sunday.

Topics: Russia 2018, FIFA, England, Gareth Southgate, World Cup

Tom Wood
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