Welbeck and Walker sit out England training session

Duo may still play in Wednesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck sat out England training ahead of the friendly match against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.  Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck sat out England training ahead of the friendly match against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Mon, May 27, 2013, 12:02

Danny Welbeck and Kyle Walker missed training this morning ahead of England’s double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Both players took part in a gym session though, raising hopes that they could take part in either of the two games.

England are expected to reveal the nature of the duo’s injuries later, but it is understood that full back Walker was hurt during Tottenham’s end of season friendly against Jamaica in the Bahamas last Thursday

The rest of England’s 21-man party took part in the training session at St George’s Park this morning.

Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner trained despite only returning from Manchester City’s end-of-season tour of the United States this morning.

Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, who were all on tour in the States with Chelsea last week, also trained.

Uncapped Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy met up with the squad last night for the first time and he was tested in the session this morning, saving shots from fellow goalkeepers Hart and Ben Foster.

England face Giovanni Trapattoni’s side at Wembley on Wednesday before taking on Brazil in Rio de Janeiro four days later.