England’s Bukayo Saka decision highlighted as Wales take tough stance on Brennan Johnson

England boss Gareth Southgate has called up Bukayo Saka to his squad despite the Arsenal star’s persistent injury woes, but Wales boss Rob Page is not taking a risk on Tottenham’s Brennan Johnson.

Bukayo Saka and Brennan Johnson are both struggling with injuries ahead of the international break,Micah Crook/Papuk/Rex/Shutterstock)

Wales manager Rob Page has promised not to put Brennan Johnson’s health at risk by asking him to return for international duty should he suffer an injury.

Johnson will miss Wales’ Euro 2024 qualifier against Croatia in Cardiff on October 15 after suffering a hamstring injury on his first start for Tottenham against Arsenal in the North London derby.

Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou confirmed on Friday that Johnson will miss Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Luton this weekend but will be fit to return after the international break.

Page said: “The communication between us and Tottenham has been first class. It’s about having mutual respect. Both managers want a talented player so it’s about working together.

“I will not insist that he have to come away and that we play with him, risking his safety and health. I will not do that. But they also understand the importance of our sports.”

Page’s stance contrasts with that of England boss Gareth Southgate, who has called up Bukayo Saka to his squad despite the Arsenal star being injured. But Saka’s case is slightly different to Johnson as the winger could still be fit for the Gunners’ clash with title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

England and Arsenal are also said to have reached an ‘agreement’ over Saka, with him likely to remain for the Three Lions’ opener against Australia next week. Injured players remain a constant point of contention for international owners in the ongoing club versus country dispute.

Page criticized Johnson’s former club Nottingham Forest after he missed Wales’ Euro 2024 qualifier against Croatia in March.

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