Gareth Southgate has given an update on Bukayo Saka’s fitness ahead of the European Championships semi-final on Wednesday.
After consecutive starts against the Czech Republic and Germany, Bukayo Saka missed out on England’s quarter-final win over Ukraine after suffering a knock in training.
The Arsenal teenager has since returned to training with England, and Gareth Southgate gave a positive update on the injury situation ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against Denmark.
“He should be fine,” Southgate said. “He did declare himself available for the [Ukraine] game but we had not really had the chance to see him on the pitch and working at the level we felt would vindicate that decision.
“He will go back into full training with the group on Monday and he should be fine.”
The big question now is whether Southgate will put Saka back into his starting team. England played well enough without him against Ukraine, but that seemed more to do with the change in formation and the fact Ukraine just aren’t on Germany’s level.
Jadon Sancho specifically didn’t offer much more than Saka had for the previous couple of games, and with Saka, you know you’re getting the defensive workrate as well as the attacking output.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Saka has come off as a substitute in both of his England starts this tournament, because he runs himself into the ground while he’s on the pitch. In turn, that tires opposition defenders who then have to face impact subs.
But it’s up to Southgate. As well as Saka and Sancho, there’s also Phil Foden as an option, so the England boss has a lot to think about.