Belfast Telegraph

No Swiss role for Dawson

Michael Dawson has returned to Tottenham after being ruled out of England's Euro 2012 qualifier in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The defender was carried off with a serious-looking knee injury during the second half of Friday night's 4-0 win over Bulgaria. Coach Fabio Capello had already expressed his concern for Dawson and after an initial examination on Saturday morning, the 26-year-old returned to White Hart Lane.

"Following a scan on his knee on Saturday morning, Michael Dawson will miss England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland on Tuesday," read a statement released by the Football Association. "There will be no further call-ups."

The statement continued: "England and Tottenham Hotspur medical staff were in contact on Saturday morning and Dawson has now returned to his club for further treatment."

Capello suggested on Friday night that he would not be calling up a replacement. With John Terry and Rio Ferdinand both injured anyway, there were not too many options for the Italian.

And, with Matthew Upson, Joleon Lescott and Gary Cahill already at the squad base in Watford, Capello feels he has enough strength at his disposal to decide who will partner Phil Jagielka in Basle.

Cahill made his international bow as Dawson's replacement on Friday night even though Upson and Lescott both have more international experience.

The 24-year-old became the first Bolton player to feature for England since Michael Ricketts and will hope to do better than the striker's single cap.

Given Jagielka was only making his fifth appearance against Bulgaria, Capello may view Upson in particular as a safer option. The West Ham captain played in the matches against Slovenia and Germany at the World Cup, although he was dropped for last month's friendly win over Hungary.

Dawson's unfortunate injury certainly has the potential to be far more significant for Tottenham. With the transfer window now closed and a Champions League campaign to plot, manager Harry Redknapp faces having to plug a sizeable hole in his squad.


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