Oxlade-Chamberlain targets Uruguay return

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed optimism that he will recover from a knee injury in time for his side`s second World Cup game against Uruguay on Thursday.

"It`s coming along," said the Arsenal player, who damaged knee ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador last week and sat out England`s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday.

"Considering when the injury was, I`m really happy -- as are the medical team -- with how it`s progressed.

"I`m doing some good fitness work. We`ll keep pushing it -- not too quickly, obviously -- but I`m really positive about it and so is the medical team."

Asked about his chances of featuring against Uruguay in Sao Paulo, he told British newspaper journalists: "We are not sure about timescales.

"We are hopeful that would be realistic, but there is nothing set in stone and I can`t say whether I will definitely be back or not.

"I am hopeful for that game, but there is nothing set in stone."

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