Cantwell left at home amid injury worry

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Todd Cantwell has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad for their upcoming matches amid concerns about his ongoing hamstring problem.

Todd Cantwell has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad for their upcoming matches amid concerns about his ongoing hamstring problem.

The 21-year-old had been due to fly out with the rest of the Young Lions for Friday’s encounter with Slovenia but the Football Association revealed on Thursday that he had been forced to withdraw from the squad.

The Canaries wideman was one of three players who was left behind with Huddersfield Town’s Trevoh Chalobah and Chelsea’s Reece James also pulling out due to injury concerns.

Cantwell had left to link up with the Under-21 squad carrying the hamstring issue, playing through the pain barrier for 80 minutes in last Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Aston Villa.

Having trained this week, the decision was ultimately taken not to take Cantwell to Slovenia in a bid to avoid making the hamstring injury worse, with Norwich hopeful that he will be fit to face Bournemouth after the international break.

The boyhood Canaries fan has started every Premier League game so far this season for Daniel Farke’s men and was rewarded for his good start to the season with his first England Under-21 cap in September’s international break.

He was one of two Norwich players called up this month for the Young Lions friendly against Slovenia and next Tuesday’s Euro 2021 qualifier with Austria, and club colleague Max Aarons is still expected to feature in both those games.

Farke will hope Aarons and the rest of his players who are out on international duty return unscathed given his current injury concerns.

The German tactician was missing 10 first-team players for last week’s loss to Aston Villa and has already seen three of his squad return early from international duty with Cantwell the latest casualty.

Earlier in the week, Jamal Lewis was forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad with a knee concern. On Wednesday, Kenny McLean pulled out of Scotland’s squad due to a hip concern.

However, the Pink Un reports that both McLean and Lewis’ injuries, along with Cantwell, are minor and the medical staff are hopeful all three will be available to face Bournemouth.

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