England defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 after suffering a double fracture of his jaw.
Cahill, 26, sustained the injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Belgium after Dries Mertens pushed the centre-back into goalkeeper Joe Hart.
England boss Roy Hodgson expressed his hope after the game that the Chelsea player would be fit for Poland and Ukraine, as he nervously waited on the results of a second scan.
The Football Association has, though, confirmed on Sunday that Cahill will miss the tournament, compounding the Three Lions’ recent injury woes.
Hodgson has seen Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard already drop out of his England squad and is now forced to call on Liverpool’s Martin Kelly as a replacement for Cahill, subject to UEFA approval.
There was some positive news, however, with confirmation that defender John Terry’s hamstring injury is not severe enough to keep him out of Euro 2012.
An FA statement read: "Gary Cahill has been withdrawn from England’s Euro 2012 squad following the injury he suffered in the match against Belgium.
"The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one either side. The England medical team have been in close contact overnight with Cahill’s club doctors who will treat him moving forward.
"Liverpool defender Martin Kelly will be called into the squad – subject to agreement from UEFA’s medical team. Kelly trained with the England players last week and was part of the group that travelled to Norway.
"John Terry has been scanned this morning and given the all clear. He will be re-assessed on Tuesday when the team regroup."