World Cup 2014: Andros Townsend faces further tests on troublesome ankle

Andros Townsend World Cup 2014 hopes in jeopardy

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is having further assessment on an ankle injury which could wreck his hopes of playing in this summer’s World Cup.

The England international suffered the injury after coming on for the final 12 minutes of Spurs’ 1-0 win at Stoke on Saturday, but left the stadium wearing a protective boot.

The 22-year-old winger had an MRI scan on the ankle on Monday, with more tests planned for Tuesday to determine the extent of the problem.

Townsend’s World Cup chances already looked to be hanging by a thread after his impressive early-season form, when he capped a stunning England debut in with a goal against Montenegro in October, appeared to fizzle out.

Townsend has made 33 appearances this season but has not started a Premier League match since the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in March.

And the impressive form of Raheem Sterling for Liverpool and the return to fitness of Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could mean that England head coach Roy Hodgson was already looking at alternatives.

Tottenham are next in action against West Ham on Saturday with Tim Sherwood’s men the 1.85 favourites in the 1X2 betting for the clash at Upton Park.

The Hammers, who slipped to a 1-0 defeat at West Brom last weekend, are 4.20 to bounce back while the draw is available at 3.43.

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