Hodgson could 'reconfigure'
England boss may look to bolster defence if Barry misses out
Last Updated: May 28, 2012 8:05am
Gareth Barry: Limped out of England's friendly victory over Norway with a groin problem
England boss Roy Hodgson claims he is prepared to 'reconfigure' his squad should Gareth Barry be ruled out of Euro 2012.
Manchester City midfielder Barry limped out of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Norway with a groin problem and is due to undergo medical tests on Monday.
Hodgson will wait on the results of those scans before making a decision regarding a possible replacement in his 23-man squad for this summer's European Championship.
Should Barry miss out, Liverpool's Jordan Henderson would hope to step in after being placed on the standby list.
Hodgson, though, says he would not necessarily look to draft in another midfielder, with it possible that Everton's Phil Jagielka - who partnered Joleon Lescott at the heart of the back four against Norway - could get the nod.
"I am prepared to reconfigure," he said.
"I am not necessarily looking to replace man-for-man in the midfield area because we have a lot of players in that area."
"Gareth is a big man and when big men get injuries they sometimes takes a bit of time to heal."
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Hodgson added: "We only have a couple of days to sort it out and we can't take any risks.
"Gareth is a big man and when big men get injuries they sometimes take a bit of time to heal.
"He is a very honest individual and whilst the scan will tell us a lot, if it doesn't give us the answer we want I shall be having a very serious discussion with him.
"He will have to be honest with me and let me know exactly how it is."
While England are sweating on Barry's fitness 24 hours before finalising their plans for Euro 2012, Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck look set to hand Hodgson a timely fitness boost despite missing out against Norway.
"I am not worried about Glen Johnson. I am not worried about Danny Welbeck," he said.
"We have sorted that one out.
"I am convinced they will be more than fit when they get on the plane to go to Poland."