England striker Michael Owen looks set to miss the rest of the World Cup.
The 26-year-old striker twisted his right knee in the first minute of England’s 2-2 draw with Sweden in Cologne on Tuesday.
There was no Swedish player near him at the time he sustained the injury and and he immediately crawled to the sidelines to receive treatment.
Sven-Goran Eriksson said after the game: “Maybe he’s out of the tournament, I’m not sure. It doesn’t look good at all.”
Owen will have a scan at England’s Baden-Baden base camp on Wednesday, but the initial prognosis did not look good for the forward.
There is already a fear that he suffered a possible medial ligament injury – which would mean around six months out of the game.
England skipper David Beckham admitted he thought Owen’s injury was serious.
“I think it’s a bad one,” he said. “We are going to have to wait to see what the doctors say tomorrow.
“It’s sad – Michael’s one of those players you need in big tournaments. It’s unfortunate for him and for us.”