Gareth Southgate takes a hit through injury as Mason Mount looks certain he will miss England’s crucial World Cup qualifier with Albania due to dental surgery.
- Mason Mount looks certain he will miss England’s key clash against Albania on Friday
- A victory in the World Cup qualifying would guarantee his passage to Qatar 2022
- The Chelsea star underwent dental surgery to remove four wisdom teeth on Sunday
- He has not reported for duty and the FA said they were monitoring the situation.
It seems certain that Mason Mount will miss England’s key clash against Albania on Friday night to give Gareth Southgate a significant selection blow.
Chelsea star Mount underwent dental surgery to remove four wisdom teeth on Sunday and has not reported for international service.
In a statement on Monday, the FA said they were monitoring Mount’s situation, raising hopes that he may be available for the World Cup qualifying match against Albania, where victory would virtually guarantee his passage to Qatar 2022.
Mason Mount (above) looks set to miss England’s key clash against Albania on Friday.
The absence of the Chelsea star is a huge blow to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate (left)
But it is understood that Mount will not play Friday’s game at Wembley, while it is unclear if he will be fit enough to travel to San Marino on Sunday for the final qualifier.
The news will come as a headache to Southgate, which almost certainly would have started with Mount against the Albanians.
Mount made a substitute appearance in Chelsea’s clash with Burnley on Saturday, but required surgery after pain from an infection became too severe.
The English international made an appearance as a Chelsea substitute against Burnley
Without Mount, Southgate faces the dilemma of choosing between Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson for third place in midfield alongside Declan Rice, who is expected to recover from a minor illness, and Kalvin Phillips.
Southgate is unlikely to take any risks from his starting eleven for the game against Albania, as the defeat would leave England facing the possibility of finishing second in their qualifying group.
That means Southgate’s renowned team is likely to play at Wembley; people like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire were waiting to get started.