Glen Johnson fit to face Montenegro despite toe injury

The England defender was rested against San Marino on Friday but Roy Hodgson claims that the 28-year-old will be available for Tuesday’s clash even if an injection is required

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Glen Johnson is in line to face Montenegro but admits that the full-back may require an injection to play.

The 28-year-old suffered a toe infection prior to Euro 2012, while a recurrence of the injury kept the Liverpool defender out of England’s 8-0 victory over San Marino on Friday.

Hodgson insists that there will be “no problem” if Johnson faces Montenegro on Tuesday after having an injection and claims that the right-back was rested for the crushing win as a precautionary measure.

“In the Euros he had a slight toe problem which we had to look after,” the Three Lions boss told reporters.

“All of a sudden it has occurred, although not to the same extent. There is no doubt he could have played [against San Marino] – we could even have had him on the bench – but it would have meant an injection and I preferred to continue the treatment so he didn’t have to put a boot on.

“We hope it will get better in the next couple of days. If it doesn’t it might need an injection but there is no problem.

“It was just a precautionary measure because I felt we had enough players without taking any unnecessary risks.”

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