England`s injured Dawson out for up to two months

London: England centre back Michael Dawson will be out for up to two months after suffering knee and ankle injuries during Friday`s 4-0 Euro 2012 qualifying win over Bulgaria.

"Michael Dawson has sprained his left medial knee ligament and one of his left ankle ligaments," his club said on their website after a scan on Saturday.

"The defender has been withdrawn from the England squad and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks."

With regular centre backs Rio Ferdinand and John Terry also injured, Phil Jagielka looks a certain starter in Tuesday`s qualifier in Switzerland where he will be partnered by Gary Cahill, who made his debut as Dawson`s replacement on Friday, or Matthew Upson.

Bureau Report