Wales midfielder Joe Allen to miss World Cup opener

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Welsh midfielder Joe Allen will miss his team’s World Cup opener against the United States on Monday with a hamstring injury that sidelined him during more than two months.

Allen left Swansea’s game against Hull on September 17 in the 30th minute, and the 32-year-old former Liverpool midfielder has not played since.

“I’m probably not going to make it, if I’m being completely honest with you,” Wales coach Rob Page said on Sunday. “Maybe we could have pushed him, but if he breaks down, he’s definitely kicked out of the tournament.”

A member of the 2016 European Championship All-Tournament squad, Allen has scored two goals in 72 international appearances.

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