UPDATE: Gareth Southgate has downplayed the situation, because of course he did. Good luck, Mason.
Southgate on Mount: "No, he didn't warm up with the team but he did the rest of the session with the team so he should be fine [to face Poland]. They are all available as far as we are concerned." #CFC #ThreeLions— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 30, 2021
Mason Mount did not join the rest of his national team teammates in today’s training, it’s been widely reported, and instead was doing some sort of individual fitness and recovery work with the medical team.
While it can be common to do such recovery work after games, he was the only member of the England squad to do so, putting his participation in tomorrow’s match against Poland in doubt — even though the unspecified issue is not believed to be serious.
Or we could just send him back to Chelsea. Please and thank you.
England boss Gareth Southgate made it quite clear just the other day how much he values the Chelsea midfielder, who’s become a key part of the team just as he has at Chelsea, but perhaps they can afford to have him skip this match and be just fine in terms of World Cup 2022 qualification.
Mount himself would of course want to play, but as we’ve seen with N’Golo Kanté, who picked up a hamstring strain while on France duty, sometimes players need to be saved from themselves.
“I feel very fortunate to have started the last seven games for England. I’m in a good place at the moment and I’m confident. I’ve just got to keep that going. Now the focus is on the next game and it’s a massive game against Poland. Their team is very strong but as a team we go into it with the mentality of wanting to win.”
-Mason Mount; source: Chelsea FC
Just come home, Mason.
BREAKING— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 30, 2021
Mason Mount is not taking part in England's training session today, he is currently training with the medical and performance team pic.twitter.com/Ev2jM8qeGC
P.S.: In addition to Kanté’s early return due to injury, it’s now been confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to Chelsea as well after the shoulder injury suffered in training.
Boothroyd confirms Hudson-Odoi is back with Chelsea after a shoulder injury: "Callum is definitely out and he has gone back to his club, Emile Smith-Rowe is also doubtful."— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 30, 2021