Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has been hit with a fresh injury worry.

Rodwell was withdrawn after 12 minutes of England Under-21s' friendly against Italy on Tuesday afternoon.

The Everton man limped off with what appeared to be a groin injury early on in the match in Empoli.

Rodwell had started in central defence but was taken off. He will now return to Merseyside where he will be assessed by Everton's medical staff.

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