Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck will struggle to be fit for England's friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.

The 22-year old is battling a knee problem that will keep him out of the Wembley fixture but manager Roy Hodgson suggests he will be ok for Sunday's meeting with Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

"Danny unfortunately at the moment is still suffering from that knee injury he had when he came and joined up with us on Sunday night," he said.

"He's receiving constant treatment and we're constantly hoping he will recover from it, but it seems unlikely that will be in time. We still harbour hopes by the time we play Brazil on Sunday he'll be fit."

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