Tammy Abraham's triumphant return to Gareth Southgate's England squad got off to a dream start last week when Roma's number nine found the back of the net in the Three Lions 5-0 rout over Andorra in World Cup Qualifying; his first goal and first appearance in an England shirt in nearly a year. After missing out on England's Euro 2020 squad this past summer, this was a fitting reward for a kid who has taken his game to a new level in the earliest days of his Roma career.
The international break is seldom a cut-and-dry affair for Roma players and that toxic relationship may have claimed another victim yesterday. While Abraham didn't start England's World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley Stadium, he entered the match in the 78th minute, coming on for Harry Kane in a tight 1-1 match. However, rather than scoring a dramatic match-winner, Abraham's evening was cut short after less than 15 minutes on the pitch.
In the 88th minute, with England desperately searching for a match-winner, Abraham planted himself in the middle of the box (roughly at the penalty spot), and with his feet parallel to the goal line tried to twist and contort his body while flicking a header towards the right post, and in the process tweaked his right ankle. While Abraham initially tried to play through the pain, he was swapped out for Ollie Watkins in the 93rd minute and immediately headed to the locker room to receive treatment and was later seen wearing a boot on his right foot.
Provided the swelling has subsided, Abraham is scheduled to meet with Roma's medical staff today for further evaluations. If the tests show nothing more than bruising, Abraham will very likely suit up against Juventus on Sunday. If, however, there is a sprain or something more serious, he will likely miss his first-ever match against the Old Lady of Italian football.
We'll provide updates as they become available, but if he is unable to play against seventh place Juventus (I love saying that), look for Eldor Shomurodov to start at striker.
Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed.