CHELSEA star Levi Colwill could become the fourth player to withdraw from the England squad.
The defender, who missed the Blues’ 4-4 draw with Manchester City due to a shoulder injury, appeared at St George’s Park on Monday to be examined by England’s medical team.
Colwill’s injury is not believed to be serious, although the Chelsea academy graduate could be withdrawn as a precaution.
The former Brighton defender made his England debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Australia last month.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson, Tottenham’s James Maddison and Brighton defender Lewis Dunk have all already withdrawn due to injury.
Gareth Southgate’s side met at St George’s Park on Monday ahead of qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia and the FA said “further assessments” of fitness would take place.
Jude Bellingham could also miss out as the Real Madrid midfielder is also struggling with a shoulder injury.
The Three Lions have called up three substitutes so far, with Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis receiving their first senior caps and being promoted from the U21s.
Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa was also included in the squad for the first time.
England are still fairly well-stocked at centre-back should Colwill need to return to Chelsea.
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Konsa will join Harry Maguire, Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori in the squad.
Manchester City’s John Stones is missing after suffering an injury in the Champions League win against Young Boys.
Southgate’s side have already secured their place at Euro 2024 but will progress through the qualifying phase against Malta at Wembley on Friday before traveling to North Macedonia next Monday.