Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier will not feature in either of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, due to the ankle injury sustained in pre-season.
A week before the start of the season, Spurs saw off Italian giants Juventus in a 2-0 friendly win at Wembley in a game that saw Kieran Trippier, who was at the time Tottenham’s only recognised right-back, leave the stadium on crutches.
After the match, Spurs revealed that the 26 year old had sustained minor ankle ligament damage and the defender subsequently missed Tottenham’s opening game of the season at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, also a 2-0 win for Spurs.
Despite having played 90 minutes against both Chelsea and Burnley, an article from the Evening Standard has revealed that Trippier has returned to Tottenham instead of traveling with the England squad.
The FA released a statement on the full-back’s condition, stating:
“The right-back hasn’t trained all week at St George’s Park as he continued rehabilitation on an injury sustained playing for Spurs.”
“With the England squad due to depart for Malta on Thursday afternoon, it was felt it was in the player’s best interests to return to his club.”
“No replacements are planned at this moment in time and Gareth Southgate will travel with a 26-man Three Lions group ahead of the World Cup qualifier.”
It is expected that former Spur and team-mate Kyle Walker will feature instead of the Trippier, who now faces competition at his club from new £23 million signing Serge Aurier.
England play Malta tonight at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium, kicking off at 7:45.
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