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Johnson doubt for Norway clash

May 24, 2012
By ESPN staff

England right-back Glen Johnson remains a fitness concern ahead of this weekend's Euro 2012 warm-up match against Norway after he failed to complete Thursday morning's training session.

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PA PhotosGlen Johnson: Toe injury

The Liverpool defender had missed training at Eastlands on Wednesday with an infected toe but was in the group that arrived at Manchester City's stadium for their second session under Roy Hodgson.

However, Johnson lasted a matter of minutes before he headed down the tunnel for further treatment on what was described as "a minor injury'' by the Football Association.

It could mean a first cap for Liverpool team-mate Martin Kelly, who was added to the list of standby players on Tuesday as a direct result of the doubt over Johnson.

With the four-strong Chelsea contingent - including three of the seven defenders named in his 23-man Euro 2012 squad - plus Wayne Rooney, all missing, Hodgson will have to draft someone in to make up a defence that is virtually certain to include Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott and Leighton Baines.

James Milner has played at right-back before while Phil Jagielka has made senior appearances for England in that role.

Danny Welbeck, who has not played since injuring his ankle at Eastlands at the end of last month, is currently training on his own and is more likely to feature against Belgium a week on Saturday.