England boss Roy Hodgson says Theo Walcott will be fit to face Scotland
England boss Roy Hodgson has played down concerns over Theo Walcott's fitness after he picked up a knock in training.
Last Updated: 13/08/13 10:24am
Walcott picked up an ankle injury during training on Monday and was unable to complete the session.
The injury to Walcott raised fears that the Arsenal man could be in danger of missing the start of the new Premier League this weekend.
However, Hodgson insists Walcott's injury is not serious and that he should be fit to take on Scotland on Wednesday.
"Theo took a slight knock at the end of training, but we believe he'll be okay," said Roy Hodgson. "He's very much still in contention."
Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is expected to play at least one half against Scotland so that Hodgson can have a close look the player.
Walker made three starts for England last season, but missed the last two games against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil through injury.
The 23-year-old is pushing Glen Johnson to be first-choice right-back in Hodgson's starting XI and he will be keen to impress the England boss against Scotland as he looks to book his spot in the squad for next summer's World Cup finals.
Hodgson was also asked about the international fixture slot coming so soon before the start of the Premier League season - but insisted it was vital for his preparations ahead of the World Cup qualifying double header next month.
"The date is the date that we've been given and the match is the match that I'm really keen to play," Hodgson added.
"If it falls kindly or unkindly for the Premier League that will have to be as it is, I need this game and the England players need this game.
"I'm hoping that if we're sensible with the players they'll all return to their clubs and they'll all be perfectly fit and ready to play on Saturday or Sunday, whatever the case might be."
England captain Steven Gerrard's news conference will be live on Sky Sports News HD at 5.30pm