Manchester United's Tom Cleverley pulls out of England squad

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has withdrawn from the England squad to play Holland with an ankle injury according to reports on Friday morning. The player had only just returned from a lengthy lay-off, also due to an ankle injury, and it will raise worries about whether he was rushed back too soon.

Cleverley had tried to make a comeback last year, only to suffer a setback. There is no confirmation whether this new injury is related and there were no obvious injury issues when he was substituted last night, although he had a quiet performance in relation to his early season exploits. 

It's not known at this stage whether Stuart Pearce will call up a replacement or promote a member of the U21 squad. 

Injuries have held the youngster back and he's picked up knocks both whilst at United and also when on loan. The real concern here will be that it's another ankle related situation, and questions again will be asked of the medical set-up at Manchester United. 

Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV "He got a knock. We sent him for a scan but we don't think it's serious."

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Good.

Bitter that Jordan "Xavi" Henderson or Didier Carroll didn't make it?

P.s, my 'Good' was down to the fact that he was being rushed in to a situation a little above him at the moment at a time when he's only shown flashes of brilliance and struggled to maintain fitness. Like Henderson, he needs time to consolidate his potential (I think TCIR echoed this point in another thread which I agree with). If England are serious about being a force again, players like Cleverley need to be eased in and not touted as the next big thing, which worries me about Oxlain-Chamberlain at the Arse. Could be world class one day, but the desperation for an English Messi is gonna weigh these guys down unless expectation is properly managed.

Keep putting yourself up; it's a marathon, not a sprint boyo! 

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