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Why Harry Kane might follow Bukayo Saka in withdrawing from England squad before Arsenal clash

Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to Arsenal for further treatment on an injury, with the Gunners’ Premier League title challenge set to resume in just over a week’s time

Bukayo Saka has left the England squad in what is something of a blow to Gareth Southgate’s plans – although it could be good news for Arsenal.

Saka didn’t join in full training on Wednesday and has gone back to his club for more treatment before the friendly matches with Brazil and Belgium

The Football Association said: ” Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to his club for continued rehabilitation. The Arsenal forward reported to St. George’s Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training

No further replacements are planned as a 25-man England squad continue their preparation for the forthcoming internationals with Brazil and Belgium

It seems it’s just a precaution for Saka, who has been dealing with an Achilles issue, and the Gunners could benefit from the winger getting extra recovery time ahead of important fixtures in the Premier League and in Europe.

One of those fixtures is against Bayern Munich, whose star man Harry Kane is also carrying a knock. Southgate could be without his captain for the Brazil game on Saturday, although he will hope to be ready for Belgium next Tuesday

Kane injured his ankle when he hit a goalpost playing for Bayern Munich last Saturday, while he may well play a part this week, it would come as no surprise to see the former Tottenham man following Saka in withdrawing from the squad completely should his recovery not go to plan.

Bayern Munich are keeping a close eye on their star man, revealing in a statement: “Harry Kane injured his left ankle in FC Bayern’s 5-2 win at Darmstadt. The striker has still travelled to international duty with England and will be treated by the team doctors there, in close consultation with the FC Bayern medical department

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